Quiet Midland Neighborhood Shaken by Attempted Burglary

Quiet Midland Neighborhood Shaken by Attempted Burglary

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - At least one armed suspect remained at large Monday night, following an attempted burglary around 12 p.m. on the 4300 block of Nelson Street.

A homeowner found the intruder lurking in his garage when he went to check on his dogs, Midland Police said. The homeowner fired a shot at the suspect, prompting him to fire back. No one was injured.

Police described the man, last seen running westbound from the scene down an alley, as a "possible Hispanic wearing a red mask."

Neighbor Lindsey Willis heard the exchange of gunfire from her home across the street and said she was "still shaken up" hours later.

"Shots rang out all down the alley and there was dust flying," she told NewsWest 9. "[Bullets] missed a little girl playing outside by inches."

Other Nelson Street residents described the neighborhood as "very quiet" and could not recall similar incidents in the area.

"It just makes you think about leaving your garage doors open," said Jeff Matthews. "People can walk right in."

He and his wife, Stacie, discussed the possibility of "beefing up" their alarm system. However, Matthews said he finds it unlikely the same suspect will return to their block of Nelson Street.

"I just don't think he'll hit the same neighborhood," he explained. "He's already been shot at once."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Midland Crime Stoppers at (432) 694-TIPS.