Father shot while chasing teens who tried to break into his home
NATIONAL CITY (KSWB) -- A man was shot early Friday as he chased two young men who tried to break into his National City home .
Police were sent to the home in the 4000 block of Calmoor Street near Sweetwater Road around 2 a.m., according to a National City police dispatcher.
Video from a neighbor's security camera shows the two teenage suspects approaching the house just before 2 a.m. They appear to jump a fence into the backyard. About 20 minutes later, the homeowner, 32-year-old Adrian Preciado, can be seen chasing after the two young men. One of them runs off as the other turns and fires a handgun. The homeowner stumbles and falls. Then he gets up and runs back into the house.
"The homeowner, a 32-year-old male, went downstairs to see what the noise was and saw two suspects trying to break in through the window," National City police Sgt. Chris Sulliven said.
Preciado was shot while his pregnant wife and two children were inside the home. He was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Surgeons were able to save his life, but they had to remove one of his kidneys.
Two teenagers were taken into custody a few blocks from the home at Plaza Bonita Mall. The motive remains unclear.
Neighbors tell FOX 5 that they are surprised by the violent crime on their street, which is very unusual for the area.
"I sincerely hope that Adrian pulls through and hope the family is not traumatized too much by this situation, because they're a wonderful family and we'd like to see them stay in the neighborhood," resident George Ferguson said.