LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– More details have been released about the early Sunday morning shooting of a Sterling teenager in his neighbor’s home.
Caleb Gordley died on the scene after being shot by a man living two doors down from his own Pullman Court house. He was 16.
Police say Gordley mistakenly entered the neighbor’s residence through a rear, unlocked window. Based on interviews, investigators learned the Park View High School student had been drinking alcohol with friends that evening.
The homeowner told police he went to investigate the situation after his house alarm was activated. He discovered Gordley, who he did not recognize, in the stairwell. He said he gave verbal warnings and discharged his firearm as a warning, as well.
Gordley proceeded up the stairs into a hallway, passing the homeowner and walking towards an upstairs bedroom where other residents of the house were located. The homeowner discharged the weapon several times, striking the teen once in the left shoulder.
Police say the firearm, a .40 caliber pistol, was legally owned. The homeowner and Gordley’s family have been cooperative in the investigation, which remains open pending a final report from the Medical Examiner’s Office. That will include a toxicology report. The final results of the investigation will be reviewed by the Office of the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney.
While the issue of Gordley and his friends obtaining alcohol is separate from the shooting investigation, the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to look into the circumstances surrounding how it was obtained.
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