Grandmother shot while trying to protect her grandson killed during home invasion

HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM) – Harrisburg Police said a woman in her 80s was shot while trying to protect her grandson from being executed during a home invasion Saturday night.

Balloons swayed in the breeze Monday morning in Midtown outside the home where David Henry, 20, was shot and killed.

Harrisburg Police continued to investigate the City’s 12th homicide of the year by working to positively identify three masked men who burst into a home near Fulton and Calder Saturday.

Capt. Gabe Olivera telling ABC27 News on Monday the woman was pushed around when they burst in the back door.

“They rushed in…they actually threw her onto the ground,” he said.

A motive is unclear at the time as police said information they have at this time is too sensitive to the investigation to release. However, Olivera said the suspects kept asking if the woman was along.

Henry walked in the front door moments later. Police said the suspects opened fire and as the woman reached out to protect her grandson – she was shot.

“In an attempt to catch the bullet, it was just instinct on her behalf,” Olivera said.

The suspects held her at gunpoint and later fled. Police are pouring over nearby security camera video for more clues.

“There’s a lot of information we can’t release right now regarding this,” Olivera said.

Chief Thomas Carter telling ABC27 News off-camera that he knew the family and believed the presumed motive does not provide any reason for a young man to die.

The Chief also called on community activists to show support for finding justice for Henry. Carter reiterated he wants residents to know police are working to solve all cases in an effort to better protect the residents.

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