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Homeowner shoots woman claiming to be pregnant found breaking into his home


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LONG BEACH (CNS) - An 80-year-old homeowner said today he chased and fatally shot one of two people who broke into his Bixby Knolls residence.

The homeowner, Tom Greer, told NBC4 the two people, a man and a woman, were inside the residence when he found them Tuesday night.

Greer said the couple ran from the house.

``The lady didn't run as fast as the man, so I shot her two times,'' Greer told NBC4. ``She says, `Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant. I'm going to have a baby'. But I shot her anyway.''

The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. Tuesday in an alley by Greer's residence, in the 3900 block of County Club Drive.

A videographer at the scene said the female suspect had been taken to a hospital after the shooting.

Broadcast footage showed Greer with his right arm in a sling. NBC4 reported that he had been hospitalized for injuries to his shoulder and collarbone.

Greer told NBC4 he shot the woman as a deterrent to the male suspect.

``I shot her, so that's going to leave a message on his mind for the rest of his life,'' Greer  told NBC4.

Nancy Pratt of the Long Beach Police Department said information about the shooting would be released Thursday.

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