A family's Sunday night took a violent turn after a man forced his way through the front door and started shooting.
It happened at a home near 20th Street and Oak where investigators say the shooter claimed he was a police officer and started firing a rifle. The homeowner reportedly got his gun and shots were exchanged. The suspect took off and the homeowner ended up on the sidewalk begging for help.
Police say man claimed 2 B police officer, forced thru front door started firing rifle.Homeowner fired back, himself &12yrold hit. Will B OK
"Then you hear complete silence and then you hear 'help!' So we ran and me and him were both facing the other side of the wall and see him laying right there on the floor screaming for help," said Jesse Zapien.
Zapien lives behind the home targeted in a home invasion around 11 p.m. Sunday night. He was watching a movie with his girlfriend when he heard the shots go off.
"I'm telling you they wouldn't stop and the shots kept going and going and going, there was nothing you could do," said Zapien.
Police say 20 shots were fired; the homeowner in his 30's was shot in the back and a 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg.
Zapien went over to help the man.
"He's just screaming in pain and I was just looking at him on the phone with the operator, and then all of a sudden police started to show up," said Zapien.
He says it's scary to think something like this happened so close to home.
"We just live directly behind so the bullets fly, go through walls and everything," he said.
Investigators were on the scene for nearly 8 hours, but they say the motive is unknown. Both victims are expected to be okay.
Police are still looking for the suspect but have not released a description.
Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.