A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information in the July 7 shooting of a Northland mother and her teenage daughter.
Police continued investigating tips Thursday in the shooting by a man carrying a shotgun in the 10300 block of North Virginia Avenue. Investigators have received 144 tips. Relatives of the victims recently added $1,000 to the reward amount.
The 14-year-old daughter remained hospitalized Thursday but continues to improve. Her 46-year-old mother left the hospital several weeks after the shooting.
The incident occurred less than a minute after police first learned that a gunman was in the neighborhood. A homeowner told police he confronted an armed intruder who had walked into his house through an open garage door. The homeowner and his wife, who had just walked their dogs, asked the man why he was inside their home. He said he was looking for someone else.
After the intruder left, the homeowner called police. The double shooting was reported a short time later.
Officers found the 46-year-old victim kneeling in her driveway holding her stomach. Moments later, officers found the wounded 14-year-old sprawled on the family living room floor.
Police found a younger daughter in her bedroom unharmed.
Authorities searched the area for about four hours before determining the gunman had left the area.
Investigators later found the shotgun used in the shooting in a nearby home’s basement.
Police described the shooter as a white man in his early 20s with dark hair and a scruffy beard, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. He last was seen wearing a gray or dirty white T-shirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).