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Teenager Mistaken for Intruder Fatally Shot by Neighbor

Virginia police say high school student Caleb A. Gordley entered the house through a window.
3:00 | 03/19/13

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This point it's hard to know exactly what happened inside this home on -- the court in sterling. Authorities will only say that Sunday between 2:33 AM the homeowner shot and killed a juvenile intruder but they will not say why the intruder was in the house. Neighbors say the homeowner is a volunteer firefighter. When we call the closest firehouse the person who answered said no one was permitted to say anything. Neighbors also say the young man who was shot and killed lived nearby. We should point out -- tributes are pouring in to social media sites where people are passing on condolences to a local family. For the loss of their song IOC -- -- -- -- that. He didn't I -- -- shooter but allows -- -- first instinct would be to shoot somebody. -- few high school graduate Tyler Henderson says he played basketball with the victim only a few days ago. He and park -- student Caroline's -- only say they heard that the young man accidentally went into the house. After coming home from a party it's so shocking as this because. Think it makes you think that you're not invincible -- It's as if it happens that quickly I want to lay blame on anybody and it's -- horrible situation. For -- resident Jeremy earlier this entire scenario sounds tragic. But he stresses that if the homeowner was caught off guard in the middle of the night by an intruder the homeowner had every right to defend himself. When you don't know being awoken in the middle of the night from -- dead sleep and some losing your house and I don't know that you have every right to defend yourself anything.

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