Man shot, hospitalized in home invasion
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The South Florida man who was rushed to the hospital Saturday after he was shot inside his home while trying to protect his wife and three of her relatives has undergone two surgeries but is still listed in critical condition, his parents said.
Police said 40-year-old Jean-Paul Lausell and his wife Angela, who had been married recently, had just returned to their residence from a Halloween party in Hollywood. Around 3 a.m. two masked gunmen entered the home, located on the 3200 block of Margaret Street, while the victim was in the bathroom.
The suspects, who, according to investigators, had broken into the house through an electronic gate in front, held Angela, her mother and her two aunts at gunpoint. "The next thing they know, there's two armed men in the house pointing the weapons at their heads," said Yvonne.
Officials said Lausell then came out of the bathroom. "This is what he finds: the women are held at gunpoint," said Yvonne. "[The gunmen] wanted money, they wanted cell phones. They were very aggressive."
According to Yvonne, the homeowner lunged at the two male attackers, and then a scuffle ensued. ""There was a bit of a struggle, and they threw him on the floor and shot him in the belly," she said.
Investigators said the subjects made off with a wallet, a purse, electronics and a cell phone, leaving Lausell on the floor bleeding. Authorities said the alleged robbers were "wearing white bandannas covering their faces, one wearing a gray shirt."
Paramedics rushed the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. He was cut out of the Halloween costume he was wearing at the time of the shooting.
"When we moved to Miami, we thought that it was an improvement from how things were in Puerto Rico back in the '80s," said Yvonne.
Lausell's parents said their son is stable, but he is unconscious and only breathing through a ventilator. "It's going to take him months to recover from this," said Paul Lausell, the victim's father.
Doctors said the patient suffered damage to his intestine and kidney. On Sunday afternoon, Lausell's father said doctors performed two surgeries on his son. It is unknown if he will require additional surgeries. "He's going to come out of this, and hopefully not let it poison his soul," said Paul.
According to his parents, Lausell had turned 40 two days prior to the shooting. He has two children from a previous relationship.
If you have any information on this shooting and robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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