SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - Four people and a German shepherd were stabbed early Wednesday during a home invasion in north suburban Buffalo Grove.
Shortly after midnight, two masked men broke into the home in the 400 block of St. Mary’s Parkway, according to Buffalo Grove police. When officers arrived, they found that the front door had been forced open and there were several broken windows.
Witnesses told police a man with a “large hunting knife” repeatedly stabbed the 49-year-old homeowner, police said. Three other residents and the family’s dog were also stabbed.
During the struggle, the homeowner managed to grab a handgun and fire shots, prompting the suspects to run away, police said.
The four victims, all between 16 and 49, were taken to hospitals, where the homeowner was listed in serious condition, police said. He remains hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon. The others were treated and released.
An officer took the dog to the Veterinary Specialty Center, where the animal underwent surgery and is in good condition, police said.
The witnesses gave investigators descriptions of the suspects, and officers from the Wheeling Police Department spotted three people matching the descriptions at East Lake Cook and Weiland roads in Buffalo Grove, police said. A blood-stained hunting knife was also found.
The three were questioned early Wednesday and two were released after being interviewed, police said. The third remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Police said the home invasion was not random, and there is no threat to the community.