A homeowner shot at a would-be burglar in a Summerlin neighborhood near Hualapai and Town Center Tuesday night. The homeowner said he’s still shaken up after firing on someone he thought was trying to break into his home.
Police swarmed the west valley area Tuesday night, and now residents are on edge.
“All of a sudden I heard the helicopter and this is before the helicopter –bang, bang,” said Feliciano Albolote Jr., heard gunshots
Albolote lives a couple of houses down from the homeowner who shot at the would-be burglar. The homeowner told 8 News NOW off camera that he and his wife had just finished unloading groceries from their car when a man got in through the garage door, which was open.
He says the suspect stole his wallet and his phone from his car where he also had his gun. The homeowner’s wife was inside when he says the man was coming towards him with his hand in his pocket, so he reached for his gun and fired two rounds.
“We turned off the lights, and we went outside and saw the neighbor standing at the end of his driveway on the phone probably calling police,” one neighbor said.
And the neighbor was right. The homeowner told police the suspect took off running, so he didn’t know if he was hit by the gunfire.
His neighbor who lives across said the thief left something behind.
“There was a large sneaker in the street,” she said.
Residents in the area say police went around the block asking them if they saw or heard anything. Officers were also looking for surveillance footage to help identify the man.
The homeowner was only able to provide a vague description.
“He seemed pretty shaken up,” one neighbor said. “He’s a really nice guy. He keeps to himself.”
Albolote described their neighborhood as one where people look out for each other.
“It’s very neighborly. We know each other and anything we don’t know, we call the cops,” said Albolote.
According to Metro Police, no one has been arrested, and they have limited security footage.
The homeowner has been cleared of any wrong-doing.