CHICAGO (CBS) — Four people and their family dog were stabbed early Wednesday, when two masked men broke into their home in north suburban Buffalo Grove.
Police said the homeowner grabbed a handgun during the home invasion, and opened fire, chasing off the suspects.
Just after midnight, police responded to a home invasion in the 400 block of St. Marys Parkway, and found several windows had been broken, and the front door had been forced open. Officers discovered a bloody scene inside.
Witnesses told police that two masked attackers had broken in, and a man armed with a large hunting knife repeatedly stabbed the 49-year-old homeowner. Three other people and the family’s German Shepherd also were stabbed.
During the struggle, the homeowner retrieved a handgun, and opened fire, causing the attackers to run away.
“It’s pretty shocking,” neighbor Bob Meyer said. “This neighborhood is very, very quiet. We’ve lived here for 30-plus years, and this stuff just doesn’t happen here; just doesn’t happen.”
Police have not said what the apparent motive for the attack was, but said it didn’t appear to be a random crime.
All four people who were stabbed, who are between 16 and 49 years old, were taken to hospitals. The homeowner remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. The other three victims have been released.
The wounded dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
Police said witnesses gave a description of the attackers, and Wheeling police officers located suspects matching the descriptions provided. Officers also found a large, blood-stained knife in their possession.
Three persons of interest were taken in for questioning, but no charges had been filed as of 7 a.m.