WHITE OAK, Pa. — Police are looking for a suspect in a violent attempted home invasion in White Oak.
The homeowner fired shots at him when police say the man tried to push his way into a house.
The incident happened on Carmella Drive and prompted a lockdown at Mary of Nazareth Catholic School for the rest of the day.
McClure Elementary School was under modified lockdown that was later lifted, the McKeesport Area School District said.
"It sounded like it was in our backyard," said Miranda Hrinda, who heard the gunshot just after 10:15 a.m. Thursday. "It makes me scared. I don't want to leave my house and I'm worried about my friends and neighbors."
The homeowner told Channel 11 and his neighbors that he fired a shot at a would-be burglar who got in through the back door.
"He pushed the guy to tell him 'go on get out of here.' The guy swung something, hit him and gave him a little scratch. He fired his gun at the guy and he missed," said neighbor Ed Prihode.
The person who tried getting into the home took off into the woods behind the house and police and a K-9 unit were brought in to search the area.
The burglar got away. Search dogs lost his scent at a nearby road, where it's believed he took off in a vehicle.
Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 412-672-9727.
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