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St. Petersburg homeowner shoots at intruder in one of two home invasions

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating two unrelated home invasions over the weekend, including one in Snell Isle in which the homeowner fired a shot at the intruder.

Two masked men armed with handguns broke into a home Friday in the 2000 block of 68th Terrace S about 8 p.m.

The two men walked through an unlocked front door and kicked in the bedroom door, threatening Willy Lee Owens, 33, and his 8-year-old son.

The men demanded money, saying they would shoot him and his son. One of the men pointed his gun at the boy's head, police said. Police said the men took undisclosed goods from the home before fleeing.

Police described the first man as black, in his late 20s, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 and 180 pounds. He was wearing a ski mask, dark clothes and gloves. The other man was described as black, in his early 30s, 5 feet 9 and about 165 pounds. He had a bandanna covering his face and was wearing dark pants and gloves.

The second home invasion was Monday about 5:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Snell Isle Boulevard NE.

Police said that Hall Palmer, 70, and his wife, Winifred, were sleeping in their second-floor bedroom when Mr. Palmer heard a noise downstairs.

He got up to check and was confronted by a lone masked gunman. The man escorted Mr. Palmer downstairs and into the garage to find something to tie him up with, police said.

The man bound him with duct tape inside the house and, for some reason, went back into the garage, police said.

That's when Mr. Palmer freed himself from the duct tape, rushed upstairs and got a gun from his bedroom.

When the gunman came back inside the home from the garage, Mr. Palmer fired a shot at him.

The intruder fled and was not seen again.

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