A gunman broke into a 72-year-old woman’s home around 5 a.m. Friday, shot her three times and fled the scene, Fox 2 News Detroit reports.
Though, the heavy snow that fell over the city the night before may have helped the cops nab the suspect. Fresh foot prints in the snow lead police directly to an abandoned home several blocks away. The side door was open. Cops then followed wet foot prints on the floor to an old furnace box where they found a 23-year-old male hiding inside and arrested him.
The woman, identified by Channel News 4 Detroit as Thelma Truesdale, is hospitalized in serious condition. She lived in the home for 45 years.
(Reports vary on the exact number of years she has lived in the home. Fox 2 News says nearly 40 years. )
Scott Jackson, 18, who lives in the neighborhood, says he is disgusted by the shooting.
“That should never happen, they should get a job,” Jackson said. “These young guys need to get out here and shovel some snow and do something constructive with themselves instead of hurting these women, these old ladies… you know…it’s not right.”