Man critical following gunshot wounds

A 26-year-old man remained in critical condition Thursday at Winchester Medical Center with two gunshots wounds that authorities say were inflicted after he forcibly entered another person’s home.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office stated in a written statement that deputies received a report around 4 a.m. Thursday of an unidentified man at a home in the 700 block of Klines Mill Road.

The homeowner wanted the man removed for making threats against the residents, the Sheriff’s Office said.

After deputies arrived, the man ran to the back of the residence and forcibly entered it through a rear door where the homeowner shot him twice with a handgun, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Capt. Donnie Lang of the Sheriff’s Office said the alleged intruder was shot in the head and the arm. The incident is still under investigation and no one has been charged.

Lang said the authorities are still waiting to speak to the wounded man to learn more about the circumstances of the shooting.

“Last we heard, he’s still in critical condition but we’re hoping he’s going to advance at some point,” Lang said. “We’re hoping he’s going to pull through.”

Lang refused to identify the man who was hospitalized or provide further details on the investigation.

“We’re not placing anybody as a suspect or a defendant or anything else like that at this point,” Lang said.

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