Homeowner shot three times during home invasion - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Homeowner shot three times during home invasion

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Memphis police officers are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

According to police, just before 1:30 a.m. Monday, a man broke into a home in the 3800 block of Clearbrook.

When the homeowner confronted the suspect, the suspect shot him twice.

The homeowner then ran to the 5000 block of Warington Drive, where he fell in a front yard. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but his condition later improved.

"I thought I was dreaming because I had just woke up," said homeowner Rodney Dye.

Dye said he heard someone kick in his back door and when he went into the kitchen to investigate, a man shot him three times.

"All I seen were sparks from a gun, they shot me," said Dye. “Luckily, bullet in my leg went though, bullet lodged in my finger.”

Dye was released from the hospital and is expected to be OK.

He said he did not recognize the shooter and does not know why he may have been targeted.

Neighbor Ashley Ratliff said Dye helped her as recently as Sunday.

“He's a real nice guy. “He would come by and cut my grass for like $10,” Ratliff said. “I don't even want to be in my house right now. I'm not even going to lie. It kind of scares me.”

Other neighbors agree. They said there has been an uptick in crime nearby in the past few months.

“It makes me feel like I want to move out of Memphis [to] tell you the truth about it,” said neighbor Hamp Brackins.

It is not clear if the homeowner had a gun or how many people were inside the home.

Officers do not have a description of the suspect at this time. It is also unclear if anything was taken from the home.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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