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Man shot during Wednesday morning home invasion

A man was shot Wednesday morning after four men broke into his home in north Shelby County, investigators said.

According to Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular, the intruders kicked in the back door of the house in the 5600 block of Dedo Circle South, near Bartlett.

Inside the home was Dennis Dunning, 44, along with three other women and a six-year-old girl.  Investigators said Dunning was shot numerous times by the intruders, while the others in the house were tied up.

"We have a male subject who's been transported to The MED in extremely critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso and the face," said Inspector Mike McEachran of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators said a neighbor saw the suspects run from the home, leaving the neighborhood in a red Dodge Neon.  The suspects were wore bandannas to hide their faces, and were carrying a black bag, they said.

When investigators arrived at the scene, they found Dunning lying in the driveway of his neighbor's house.

"We believe what happened when he came into the house was they were waiting for him," said Sgt. Faith Cunningham of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. "As soon as he got to the door, that's when the shooting took place."

According to Cunningham, investigators believe Dunning was targeted.

"We don't have a good idea of what this was about, other than possibly money," she said.

Neighborhood residents like Mary Green were wary after learning what happened.

"It's always been a good neighborhood," Green said, "but now I'm beginning to wonder."

Officials asked anyone with information about the home invasion to call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (901) 545-5600 or Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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