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Intruders shoot and seriously injure a woman in her home near Winter Park, deputies say


WINTER PARK, Florida. – A woman was shot and seriously injured and her 15-year-old son was struck in the head in a burglary early Friday at a Seminole County home near Winter Park, deputies said.

“It was very, very quiet and I wouldn’t even have known it was happening,” said neighbor John Rushton.

The shooting happened around 12.38am in the 3000 block of Bennington Court near Lake Howell.

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The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the home and found a woman with gunshot wounds. Her teenage son and two 5-year-old boys were also at home, deputies said.

The woman was taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition, according to deputies.

“My wife is going to be very, very upset,” Rushton said. “We have been here for 15 years. A very quiet area and I’m a retired firefighter and it’s peaceful. This will upset us enormously, because it is a very quiet street.

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According to the 15-year-old, three intruders entered the house through a side window and punched him in the back of the head before shooting his mother. The culprits then fled and were not found, sheriff’s officials said.

The teenager suffered minor injuries, deputies said. The other boys were not injured.

Sheriff officials said the shooting was not a random act.

No further details were released.

An investigation is underway.

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