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House where woman, pet shot burglarized again

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Jackson police say a dog was killed and a person was wounded at the home June 28. Jackson police say a dog was killed and a person was wounded at the home June 28.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson homeowner says her house on Eastover Drive in Jackson was broken into for the second time in two weeks. This time the burglars took TVs, laptops and more jewelry.

The homeowner said Jackson police officers came to her house Friday morning after she discovered it had been burglarized sometime Thursday night, but Jackson Police Department spokesperson officer Colendula Green said there's no report of a second burglary.

"I was able to see that again they had tore up the master bedroom I immediately called 911," the homeowner said.

The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, says she believes the same two burglars struck again.  During the first break-in June 28, the homeowner's friend was shot when she walked in on the burglars. The homeowner's dog was also shot and killed.

Green said the woman was shot in the shoulder and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The homeowner says her friend stopped by to check on her house while the homeowner was out of town. The thieves reportedly took off with jewelry after the shooting.

"We [the victim's family] feel very violated. The unknown is one of the scariest elements here," said the homeowner.

After the first burglary, the homeowner said she had never been fearful of her surroundings. Now, she's having a hard time sleeping.

"When nightfall came, I felt like I was actually seeing things, seeing shadows. I slept with all the lights on. What good that did? It was comfort to me in a way," recalled the homeowner.

Having always been alert of her surroundings, the Jackson resident says it's time to update her security system. She even has some advice for others.

"Arm yourself with a firearm. Learn how to shoot it. Be comfortable with that gun. That is my plan and if someone else comes into this property, I will use this gun without hesitation," warned the woman.

The burglary and shooting occurred across the street from Northminster Baptist Church were some men were robbed just a few weeks ago.

Jackson police say they made arrests in that case and crime is relatively low in the area. The shooting victim in Eastover had no idea what she was walking into, but police have some advice, should you find yourself in a similar situation.

"It's not good to flip on any lights because you don't want to alarm the intruder. The best thing is, if you sense someone is inside the house is to get out of that house immediately and dial 911. Stay far away from that house as possible but at the same time be observant," explained Officer Green.

As for the victim, she's ready to see the armed thieves in handcuffs so she can ask them a few questions.

"Did you listen to your mother? Did you listen to your grandmother? Did you ever have a pet that you cared for? Did you ever have a good friend, that was probably your very best friend, that someone harmed or hurt? Those are the kind of things I would like to see into their heart if they have one," said the homeowner.

No suspects have been identified in the case.

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