Lewisville, NC - Home invader suspect, Horace Vanlue Jr, was shot in the front yard of the victims he had just robbed and assaulted, by the victims' neighbor early Sunday morning, June 25, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.
The incident occurred about 2:27 AM when Forsyth County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call at 7201 Grainland Drive.
Upon arrival, they found Horace Vanlue, age 23, of Winston-Salem, lying in his victims' front yard with a handgun beside him, as well as stolen items from the home. EMS responded, and Vanlue was pronounced dead on scene.
Police said that there were two men and a woman inside the residence at the time of the home invasion. The victims and witnesses told police that 'several men' had forced open the door to the victims' residence, assaulted a man inside, and then stole items from the home.
During the incident, at least one victim was communicating with a neighbor, but it isn't known how. The male neighbor, who was armed with an "assault rifle," and another unknown person went toward the victims' residence while the home invasion was in progress. He fired multiple shots 'in the direction of' Horace Vanlue, leaving the robber DRT.
Police say that they can't confirm for sure that the neighbor's shots are what made the bullet holes in Vanlue. Deputy Chief Brad Stanley said, "We don’t know for certain, but we believe that to be the case. We’re waiting on some of the ballistics work."
He did not know if the gun found beside Horace Vanlue had been fired or if there had been a gunfight. Deputy Chief Stanley said that "there's a lot of work to be done."
No further details were released, including the condition of the man who was assaulted, and the victims', witnesses', or the remaining suspects' names. No charges have yet been filed. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation.
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