Children inside Fort Pierce home during attempted home invasion

Break-in leads to standoff

FORT PIERCE, Fla.-- The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is looking for those responsible for breaking into a Fort Pierce home Thursday afternoon, and firing gun shots that led to a nearly two-hour standoff.

It happened near 25th and Virginia Ave.

Three siblings were inside the home when the break-in happened. 13-Year-Old Venia Daceus said  this isn't the first time her home has been broken into.

"This is the second time," she explained. "The first time we were at school."

But this time, she was home with her younger and oldest brother. She said she was watching TV in her room when she heard three gunshots.

"I got out of the room and I was like, 'what's going on?' My brother was like 'Get down! Get down!' And I was like what's going on and I was crying," said Daceus.

She said after the third shot, her oldest brother checked to see if the shooter was gone. Daceus ran for safety.

"I took my little brother and we jumped the back gate to go to my auntie's house . That's when I was crying and running. I was screaming," she said.

A footprint was left on the door from where it was kicked in.

The gunshots alerted a neighbor to call police.

The SWAT team along with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office believed the intruder was barricaded inside the home, starting the standoff.

Officials with the sheriff's office said they thought someone was hiding in the attic after they heard what sounded like a cell phone ring in the attic. One of the brothers told WPTV it was his phone, however, that he left at home.

The standoff ended when the SWAT team established no one was in the home.

But for Daceus, the fear is not over. "It makes me want to go crazy," she explained.

Police have not said how many suspects they are looking for. No arrests have been made.

Daceus and her brothers do not believe anything was stolen from the home.

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