Victim's brother shoots at three intruders, injures one

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A homeowner fought back against teenage intruders in a Memphis neighborhood Monday, shooting one of the suspects in the process.

Police said the shooting my eventually be classified as an aggravated burglary.  Meanwhile, they have one suspect in custody and are looking for his two partners in crime.

Jessica Wilson's brother shot at three suspects who broke in through their sliding glass door.

"I live there," Wilson said.  "I have small kids that live there also."

Wilson's brother shot an 18-year-old suspect.  He went to The MED with a gunshot wound to the arm.

Family members, including Wilson's other brother Roger Coburn, Sr, quickly arrived at the scene.

"People can't be going around breaking in folks' houses," Coburn said, "because people have guns now."

The two other suspects got away.  Police sent up their chopper, which scanned the neighborhood for hours.  They put yellow tape around the house and mapped out the crime step-by-step.

Wilson was supposed to be taking a final at the University of Memphis.  She said the family has seen crime before.

"This is the second time this has happened," Wilson said.  "The last time the house got broken into, I was loading my kids in the car and I saw the guy walk pass.  Ten minutes later, he was breaking in the window in the back yard."

Police questioned the victim's brother about the shooting.

Wilson said the family is considering leaving the area.

"How am I going to sleep at night?" Wilson asked.  "How am I going to put my kids to sleep knowing there's somebody else around?  How do I not know they don't want to come back and retaliate on my brother for what they did?"

Wilson could not get a close look at the two suspects, so police do not have a clear description of them.

Police ask if you can help them make an arrest to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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