ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A home invasion in Ector County on Monday night ended with one woman shot. It happened at a mobile home in the 6700 block of Kermit Avenue.
Two masked gunmen kicked in the door, pointed guns at two women and demanded money. That's when they were greeted by a third women armed with her own gun.
She was in the back bedroom when she heard the intruders burst into the home.
She grabbed her shotgun and headed their way. When she came around the corner, they pointed their guns at her and that's when she fired at them.
"The friend accidentally shot her friend," said Sgt. Gary Duesler with the Ector County Sheriff's Office.
Spray from the shotgun hit one of the two girls that was in the living room.
"In theory, she's trying to do the right thing and protect her friends and then ends up shooting her. So it's, right now, an accident. A horrible thing that happened," said Duesler.
Marian Delcore, 26, was struck in the neck, chest and hand. She is now in critical condition. As for the two gunman?
"No shots fired by them at all. It's unknown if they were hit by any of the shotgun pellets or anything because they left," said Duesler.
"It just makes me want to stay inside more at night," said Shelby Burley, a Kermit Ave. resident.
Neighbors are now putting themselves in the victims shoes.
"I told my husband when we found out about it that we need to take a gun control class so we'll be able to protect ourselves in case something like this happens," said Madalena Cox, a Kermit Ave. resident.
Many neighbors told NewsWest 9 the home invasion has them thinking about getting a gun.
"My step-dad and mom are talking about it because that was really close to home," said Burley.
"We need something, a gun, to protect ourselves here at home," said Cox.
"If you're going to carry a weapon, if you're going to have one in your home, you need to practice all the safety rules and be proficient at what you're doing," said Duesler.
The two gunmen are still on the loose.
"We are looking for two white males and that's really basically the only description we have at this time because they were wearing masks," said Duesler.