New Brunswick

Couple remains in hospital after home invasion

A violent home invasion in New Brunswick has left an elderly couple in hospital.
The 75-year-old man has injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. Both he and his wife remain in hospital. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

A violent home invasion near Moncton, New Brunswick, has left an elderly couple in hospital, with one of the victims suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police say three masked men broke into a house on Homestead Road in Berry Mills around 5 a.m. on Friday.

Neighbour Linda Landry told CBC News that Bud and Louise Blacklock are the owners of the house where the home invasion occurred. She describes the couple as "very good people."

RCMP Cpl. Phillipe Cyr, said police are still investigating.  

"During the incident an elderly home owner was shot in the leg, but we're not sure exactly how it took place. His wife was not actually harmed in the process. There was forced entry into the home, the suspects then fled, we're unsure how," Cyr said.  

"We believe there was a vehicle parked up the road that picked them up. The victim then called 911, the ambulance came and they both went to hospital."  

The 75-year-old man has injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. Both he and his wife remain in hospital.  

Landry said nothing like this has ever happened in the 20 years she has lived in the area but she was still a little nervous after the incident.

"I just thought, 'Can I hear anyone coming up the stairs?' You kinda get paranoid," she said. 

Cyr said despite the frightening nature of the incident, locals shouldn't be worried.

"This is an isolated incident. There is no other indication of any other home invasions in the area. Certainly in the last, well I've been here for five years, and it's the first one that I'm aware of in my area," Cyr said.

Another neighbour, David Vienneau, said he thinks the suspects may have targeted the couple because of their age.

"Some low-life figured 'If I'm gonna steal money, I'm gonna steal it from an old guy,'" he said. 

Police have not said whether anything was stolen from the home.  

Police are asking anyone with any information to contact Crime Stoppers or the police.