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Sheriff: Man shoots 2 teens who burst into Florida home

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Posted at 5:46 AM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 05:55:50-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP/WFTS) - Authorities say a Florida man shot two teenagers who were trying to rob his home, and one of the suspects has died. The Tampa Bay Times reports the second teen is in critical condition.

A statement from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call about a home robbery Saturday evening.

"This is not a random act. This couple that lived in that apartment were targeted for unknown reasons ... The couple that resided there are cooperating with us, and given statements to detectives," said Maj. Frank Losat.

A man and his fiancée told deputies that two young men broke through a back patio screen and entered their home through an unlocked door. The statement says one of the suspects had a gun and made demands. Authorities say that’s when the male resident grabbed his gun and shot at the teens.

Officials say the man had a legal firearm.