SOUTH BEND — The 65-year-old victim of a home invasion Friday morning in which suspects left him beaten and bloody with a gunshot wound to the face is now awake and "is going to pull through," his son said.
Names of those involved are not being released because they were victims of a violent crime.
The victim’s son said he awoke at 3 a.m. Friday to a missed call he received from his father at 2:06 a.m. He said when he called back and there was no answer, he knew something was wrong. The son was out of town for his son’s graduation from the military.
The son said he returned to his home in the 1100 block of North Olive Street, where is father also lives, at 5:30 a.m. Friday to find the house had been broken into. He said many electronics had been taken and more were obviously ready to be taken because they were together on the floor.
He then went to his father’s room to find him lying on the floor, beaten and bleeding from a gunshot wound to the face.
The victim told police that four males and one female entered the house, hitting him and shooting him once through the cheek, according the South Bend police report.
The report also stated that the victim has heart problems, which combined with the gunshot wound, led to him being in critical condition at a local hospital.
The son said his father was awake and talking Friday evening and is having surgery on his jaw Saturday.
He said he thinks the suspects knew that only his father was home because it would be easy to watch the house and notice what cars were missing.
"I hope they burn in hell for this," he said.