Robber wounded by shotgun in Independence

An attempted home invasion by two men in Independence was thwarted Saturday night when one of the occupants wounded an attacker with a shotgun and the other fled, according to police.

Independence police said the home invasion occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in the 800 block of S. Park Avenue. Two men forced their way into the home and then physically assaulted the two male residents.

One victim retrieved his shotgun and shot one of his attackers in the abdomen. The wounded man was taken into custody at the scene by police and transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

The second man fled the house and has not been identified. He is described as being white, in his thirties, approximately 5’08”-5’10” with a skinny build and was last seen wearing a dark colored, hooded sweatshirt. Both victims sustained minor injuries that were treated at the scene.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477, or call the Independence Police Department at 816-325-7852 or the Investigations Unit at 816-325-7330.