Teen arrested in home invasion shooting of 66-year-old man

A 17-year-old has been charged with attempted homicide in the shooting that seriously injured a Fawn Grove man during a home invasion robbery last week, police said.

Mason Carter was arrested Wednesday near his home in Harford County, Maryland. He has been charged as an adult and also faces counts including aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and auto theft.

Police have said the victim, 66-year-old William Cooper, was shot in the chest as he struggled with a masked intruder inside his home at 3 Park Drive early Thursday.

Cooper was listed in stable condition at York Hospital last week, but the hospital could provide no further information.

Police have said Cooper's wife, 64-year-old Connie Cooper, had gone downstairs to investigate a noise when she encountered the intruder in her living room at around 1:30 a.m.

She alerted her sleeping husband, who came downstairs and confronted the stranger. As the two struggled, the armed man shot William Cooper in the upper right chest with a handgun, police said.

Connie Cooper then ran upstairs to a home office and locked the door, but the robber forced his way inside and demanded her car keys before fleeing the home in the couple's blue Hyundai Elantra, police said.

The car was found later in the day by police in Harford County.

Police said their investigation remains active. Anyone with information is asked to call state police in York at (717) 428-1011.

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