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Two injured, two being sought in Statesville home invasion

(Micah Smith | WBTV) (Micah Smith | WBTV)
STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

A Statesville resident stabbed an intruder after being shot in their home early Monday morning, Statesville police say. 

Officers say a total of three people tried to break into a home on Oakland Avenue around 1:30 a.m.

"Through the initial investigation, it was discovered that 3 suspects forcibly entered the residence through the front door, and one suspect had began shooting," police say, striking the resident. 

The shooter was stabbed as the resident and another family member tried to defend themselves. That's when officials say the other two involved, described only as young black males, fled the scene. 

One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she was concerned. “Last night was scary. I’m not used to incidents like that happening around here.”

Daphne Barnes arrived to the scene after the violence and shared what she learned. “Just some guys came to the door and they didn’t want to open the door. So they both had to defend their lives,” Barnes said. 

“Traumatized. They’re great guys. We’ll known in the neighborhood,” Barnes added. 

Three others inside the home at the time were not hurt. 

One intruder and the resident both went to Wake Forest Baptist and are in surgery. Their names and conditions have not been released. 

Police say they are still searching for the other two people involved.

Statesville Police say they have increased patrols and are following up on leads after a string of other recent crimes, including shootings and break-ins. Chief Joe Barone had said in a previous statement:

“We are utilizing every resource we have at our disposal to investigate, gather evidence, prosecute, and potentially prevent these types of crimes.”

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