A 61-year-old Rochester, Minnesota man was sleeping when he heard a noise outside at around 11 o'clock Monday night. The man grabbed his 9 mm handgun and told his wife to call the police. He took the gun and went to investigate the noise.
When he saw a figure at the back door the man fired at least two shots. The person at the backdoor was his 16-year-old granddaughter. She was struck once in the upper torso. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.
The granddaughter had been living with her grandparents for a few months. They thought she was home when they heard the noise outside.
"The homeowner and his wife remain cooperative and are extremely shaken by last night's events," said the local police captain. "It doesn't appear there was any dispute, any problems with the homeowner, his wife or the granddaughter. It's just a tragic event."