Police are still looking for a suspect in a Carmel burglary where the suspect shot a 17-year-old girl in the leg.
It happened about 12:30 Monday afternoon when she surprised the man after she came home from an errand.
Police say she may have left the rear door unlocked. When she came back 5 minutes later, she found the man in the house. Police say he shot her and fled.
Police locked down the neighborhood for much of the afternoon. They searched yards, woods and fields with tracking dogs.
Neighbors tell us tonight they plan to remind their children to lock all doors as soon as they get home from school and turn on the security system.
Security expert Peter Beering says those are critical steps. He also says teens should let other family members know where they are going if they leave.
But locks and alarms are the first precautions to take as soon as young people walk into the house.
The girl was not seriously hurt.
Peter Beering says cases such as today's are few and far between. Burglars usually don't want to encounter residents.
Police say the man they're looking for is a white male, 5'8", wearing a gray sweat shirt and blue jeans. He also wore a black mask.
A 17-year-old girl was shot by a robbery suspect in her home.
The robbery happened at a residence near Clay Springs Drive and Clay Center Road in Carmel shortly after noon Monday. The masked suspect encountered the girl, who was home for Fall Break, and shot her in the leg.
Eyewitness News learned late Monday afternoon that the girl had left home, but didn't remember locking the back door. When she came home less than five minutes later, she walked in on the armed burglar.
The suspect, described as a white male standing 5'8" tall, weighing around 160 pounds, fled the residence on foot. He is said to be wearing a gray sweatshirt, jeans and a black mask. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Police established a perimeter in the area to try to locate the suspect with police dogs, but after several hours, the trail went cold.
Medics were called to the scene to treat the girl, who is reported in good condition.
Neighbors were shocked by the news.
"It's kind of scary. It's a pretty quiet little neighborhood," said neighbor Paul Obolewicz.
After seeing so many police arrive, Obolewicz rushed over because he knows the family.
"They got four kids and one or two in high school and two are out. Very good people, hard-working people," he said.
The girl was able to describe the suspect to police, who went door-to-door talking to neighbors who may have seen or heard anything. Now, they want residents to stay alert and play it safe.
"We won't leave the doors unlocked. In fact, it makes me think about adding a few more locks and doing something else," Obolewicz said.
After more than two hours of searching, police eventually determined the masked gunman got away.
Officers from Carmel, Westfield, Fishers and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.
Anyone with information on the suspect can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 262-TIPS.