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Police: Homeowner shoots man knocking on wrong door

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Sam Morris

This house, left, in the 9200 block of Wittig Avenue is where an occupant shot and wounded a person who was mistakenly knocking on the door Thursday, June 5, 2014, according to Metro Police.

Updated Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 11:34 a.m.

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This is the front door on a house in the 9200 block of Wittig Avenue where an occupant shot and wounded a person who was mistakenly knocking on the door Thursday, June 5, 2014, according to Metro Police.

A man who accidentally banged on the door of a stranger’s house early this morning was shot by the homeowner, Metro Police said.

The victim had been at a birthday party at a nearby house in the 9200 block of Wittig Avenue, near Fort Apache and Elkhorn roads, Metro Lt. Ted Glaude said. He and a friend left briefly, and when they tried returning about 2 a.m., they confused the two houses and knocked on the wrong door, police said.

Officer Laura Meltzer said the homeowner called police, believing the men to be burglars, and fired a single round.

The bullet hit one of the men in the chest.

Paramedics took the injured man to University Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries not considered life threatening, officials said. An earlier erroneous report said the man had died.

No arrests had been made as of 11 a.m., and no other details were immediately available.

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