Deputies: Homeowner shoots at teens during attempted car theft

- A teenager is recovering from a gunshot wound and another teen is in custody after an attempted car theft, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the boys, ages 15 and 16, tried to steal a car from a man's driveway early Sunday in the Covington area.

"He heard someone in the driveway, grabbed his weapon, and told me he heard someone outside," the homeowner's wife told FOX 5.

The homeowner lives on Crooked Creek Way. Investigators told FOX 5 the man ran out of his house during the crime and opened fire on the teens, shooting one of them.

Sgt. Courtney Morrison with the Newton County Sheriff's Office told FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell the office has received several complaints about attempted car break-ins and thefts in the neighborhood in recent weeks. They're working to see if any of the crimes are connected.

The homeowner wasn't hurt during the incident. His wife told FOX 5 he was saddened and shocked to learn the suspects' ages following the ordeal.

 

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