A home-invasion robbery suspect was shot while breaking into a residence in Richmond early this morning, according to police.
The shooting was reported at 12:15 a.m. at a residence in the 3100 block of Alta Mira Drive.
Investigators said a 47-year-old man attempted to break into two homes, and then after allegedly entered a third home by breaking a window.
"This sort of thing doesn’t happen around here," said neighbor Debbie Attaway.
The resident shot the suspect "a few times," incapacitating him, police said.
"The family member had no other choice but to defend himself and his family by incapacitating the suspect by shooting him in the upper torso," Sgt. Lynette Park said.
According to police, the suspect had already tried breaking into two other homes unsuccessfuly before attempting the home on Alta Mira Drive.
"Quiet, reserved close knit family. They keep to themselves, they don’t bother anybody. They are very, very nice," said Attaway.
The suspect was reportedly shot in the torso and was transported to a hospital in critical condition, police said.
Attaway says she has two young children and that she's "afraid of any stray bullets flying or coming through the house."
Officers said the resident has been "extremely cooperative" and that the shooting appears to be a clear case of self-defense.
Anoushah Rasta contributed to this article.