Daughter speaks out after mom shot in Rancho Cucamonga home-invasion

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (KABC) -- The daughter of a Rancho Cucamonga woman who was shot during a home-invasion robbery spoke about her mother and the terrifying incident on Monday.

The shooting happened on San Carmela Court in the city, just after 4 a.m. Saturday. Kathy said her 71-year-old mother thought it was an earthquake when a suspect tried to kick-in the front door. Then came the sound of breaking glass.

"So she got up to go investigate, opened her door and saw somebody in one of her bedrooms with a flashlight," Kathy said.

Kathy said her mother yelled at the man and tried to chase him out of the house.

"In her trying to get him out of the house and he couldn't get the door open, about 4 feet away, he shot her in the chest," she said.

The suspect was described as a man with a thin build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, who was wearing a scarf over his face, authorities said.

"She is expected to survive because she's extremely tough," Kathy said.

Kathy went on to say that the bullet went through her mother's lung, diaphragm and kidney before becoming lodged in her liver.

Not only does Kathy want the suspect caught, she wants everyone to pay attention.

"Security cameras are a must. If you don't have them, get them. (My mom) is going to get them. There's a couple in the neighborhood, but not nearly enough," she said. "This is a beautiful, quiet neighborhood. It's just totally random. If it can happen here. It can happen anywhere."

Anyone with more information was urged to call the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department at (909) 477-2800.
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