Home invasion statistics are hard to come by, but here at Home Invasion News — where we read mounds of information from all over the country — we notice trends. We get a sense of things: What’s happening “out there”? Who’s invading our homes and how are victims reacting? Why are criminals choosing this type of crime and what are they looking for (Hint: cash, illegal and prescription drugs, electronics, credit cards, and jewelry).
Lately, we’ve noticed a trend worth writing about: Increasingly, it seems, both victims and perpetrators of home invasions are getting shot. We have no idea whether or not this apparent trend is related to the widespread and agitated conversations about gun control following a rash of mass shootings. Perhaps increasing poverty and bad economic conditions are making home invaders more desperate. Or maybe it just seems like people are getting shot more often during home invasion.
Here, we’ve gathered some recent reports of residents who’ve been shot. We’ve also written a separate article related to perpetrators who’ve been shot. These reports are from around the country. So, what do you think? Are people getting shot more often during home invasions? To us, it looks that way.
1. January 10, Kansas City, MO
A man is shot inside his home during a possible home invasion robbery.
2. January 6, 2013, Laurel, DE
A 21-year-old man was shot multiple times by armed intruders.
3. January 4, 2013, Fairburn, GA
A woman hears someone breaking into her home, hides in the closet, is discovered by perpetrators and shot multiple times.
4. December 23, 2012, Cleveland, OH
Two males entered the victim’s home, shooting and killing him.
5. December 22, 2012, Anne arundel County, MD
A 27-year old man was shot during a home invasion in Brooklyn Park. Police say two men entered his home with a gun and tried to conduct a robbery.
6. December 20, Calera, AL
A Hispanic family of four, including a couple and two children ages 9 and 4 months, were inside at the time of the invasion. No one was hurt.
7. December 19, 2012, Hartford, CT
A 31-year-old man suspected of shooting two people during a home invasion was arrested Tuesday. Norman Jennings is charged with first-degree assault and criminal use of a firearm. He is in custody with bail set at $500,000.
8. December 18, 2012, Ft. Washington, MD
A man was shot in the back during an attempted early morning home invasion. The perpetrators demanded money and jewelry, fleeing before police arrived.
9. December 11, Central, SC
A 23-year-old student at Clemson University was shot dead during a home invasion. At least four suspects robbed the home.
10. December 9, 2012, McDonough, GA
Police in McDonough are searching for two people in connection with a home invasion that killed a woman and injured her husband.
11. November 25, 2012, Houston, TX
A crew of bad guys bashing down doors in the night or early morning hours, wearing masks and carrying guns, attacked Houston-area homes at least four times in two weeks. The attacks left three people dead and a boy missing a finger.
So what happens to the criminals who shoot during a home invasion? Usually, they get caught. In Orlando, FL, it took law enforcement four months to find all the perpetrators who took part in a September home invasion, but all have now been arrested.