Two would-be robbers wounded in Penn Hills home invastion
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Penn Hills police are still trying to sort out details of a home invasion in which two armed men who burst into a home on Westwood Road ended up being wounded, possibly by friendly fire.
Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton said the preliminary investigation indicated that the incident began about 1 a.m. when two men--one armed with a .45-caliber handgun and the other with an assault-type rifle--entered the home in the 8600 block of Westwood. Inside were a dozen people, ranging from a 3-year-old girl to adults.
The man armed with a handgun emptied the weapon and reloaded and kept firing but no one from the home was hit. Police believe at one point he accidentally shot himself in the thigh.
The other man, armed with the rifle, was firing rounds upstairs although no one was up there, Chief Burton said. He ran from the house and was found by police in a nearby house. He had been wounded in the face.
"He was either hit by someone else or was hit by his partner," Chief Burton said, noting the investigation is continuing.
Both men were admitted to an Oakland hospital and are expected to recover from their wounds. In addition, one of the people in the house was struck by a fragment in his arm and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
First Published January 26, 2013 12:55 am