A 53-year-old woman was asleep in her bedroom on Tuesday morning when, police say, her door alarm went off.
She woke up and heard voices of men inside her home.
When she exited her bedroom on the fourth floor, she saw three men in hoodies walking up the stairs toward her.
That's when she allegedly fired a bullet in their direction.
The single shot from the unnamed victim, an Asian woman who lives on the 2200 block of Miami Street in south St. Louis, was apparently enough to scare away the men, police say.
They then reportedly fled out a side door.
No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.
The home invasion happened at around 10 a.m. in the morning.
The suspects are all black men -- one believed to be age 20-25 and the other two 30-35 years old.
The incident comes less than a week after a 15-year-old was shot and killed allegedly trying to burglarize a home near Gravois Park. His suspected accomplice in the break-in, a 17-year-old Michael Bryant, is now facing second-degree murder charges.
In Missouri, people are allowed to use deadly force against intruders.
Here's the full police report from the Tuesday incident.
Incident: Burglary 1st (shooting)
Location: 2200 block of Miami
Dates/Times: 2/19/13 @ 10:00am
Suspect #1: 20-25 year old black male, 5'00"-5'02", 150-160lbs, med build, dark comp, dark jacket, cream hoodie dark shirt
Suspect #2: 30-35 year old black male, 5'10"-6'00", 180-000lbs, med build, dark comp, dark blue hoodie w/ zipper, dark shirt
Suspect #3: 30-35 year old black male, 5'10"-6'00", 180-000lbs, med build, dark comp, dark blue hoodie w/ zipper, dark shirt
Victim: 53-year old Asian female
Synopsis: The victim was asleep in her bedroom, located on the third floor, when shewas awaken door alarm. As she went to investigate, she heard different voices coming from the second floor. She observed three black males begin walking up the stairs to the third floor. While standing at the top of the stairs, she fired one shot from her handgun in their direction. The suspects ran out the side door. No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.
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