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1 person wounded in Lower Burrell burglary attempt

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Anyone with information about the burglary along Westbrook Road in Lower Burrell is asked to call Lower Burrell Police at 724-339-4287 or Westmoreland County detectives at 724-830-3949.

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

A Lower Burrell man was shot in the arm during an attempted burglary early Wednesday, and police are looking for his assailant.

The break-in happened just before 4 a.m. at 164 Westbrook Road, which is off of Leechburg Road.

Police Lt. Robert Galvanek said the incident “wasn't a random act.”

“They were targeted by the suspect (suspects),” said Westmoreland County Detective John Clark.

Galvanek said the 22-year-old victim and a 20-year-old man were staying in a rented house. The men woke up to hear at least one man breaking in.

The victim wrestled with a masked intruder, and the 22-year-old was shot when the burglar's handgun fired.

Galvanek said the wounded man was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for a wound to his arm and then released.

Police declined to identify the men in the house or give a suspect description.

Officers and detectives were working on multiple leads.

Clark said county detectives searched the house for fingerprints and other evidence and are otherwise assisting the Lower Burrell's detectives.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or

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