Man, 76, Hurt In La Jolla Home-Invasion Robbery

Incident Happened At Home On Hillside Drive, Police Say

San Diego police are searching for a man who shot the owner of a La Jolla home following a home-invasion robbery.

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According to police, the incident was reported at about 6:30 p.m. at a home in the 7400 block of Hillside Drive.

Police said a female real estate agent was in the process of locking up the home after a showing when a man came up to her and forced her back into the house.

The man told the woman he wanted to know where the jewelry was located in the home, but she said she did not know, according to police.

"He demanded jewelry," said San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer. "She didn't know where this was kept. He began looking in different areas."

Police said the man proceeded to search the home and took jewelry and fur coats. It is unclear how much the stolen items are worth. Police said the suspected robber ordered the woman to stay inside the residence.

As the suspected robber was leaving the home, the 76-year-old homeowner confronted him outside.

Police said the suspected robber went to his car to retrieve a rifle, pointed it at the homeowner and fired two shots into the ground. The man then fired a shot directly at the homeowner, grazing him in the face.

The suspected robber, who fled the scene in a black Porsche, was described as a white male in his late 30s, with blond hair and eyeglasses. Police said he had on a black backpack that had blue and silver striping on the shoulder pad parts of the bag.

Police said the homeowner was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the face.

Neighbors are rattled because Wednesday's incident is not the first burglary in the neighborhood.

"My daughter was really, really scared and I think definitely we need to take precautions to be more careful about our property and our loved ones," said neighbor Olivia Anderson.

Police are looking into whether Wednesday's incident is linked to burglaries at other homes in the neighborhood.

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