JAMAICA ESTATES — A retired federal agent shot at two burglars after arriving home Friday afternoon to find the men had broken into his Queens home, police sources said.
The agent, who sources said retired from the Department of Homeland Security, told detectives he opened fire after he discovered the duo inside his home at 85-40 Somerset Street about 3 p.m., sources said.
The robbers fled after the gunfire, sources said. The agent told police on the scene he wasn't sure if he'd hit either of the men. Police were canvassing hospitals Friday.
Witnesses said they heard five or six shots.
An 11-year-old neighbor said he was arriving home on the school bus when he saw two men running out from the house.
"I saw a guy running down Somerset Street," said the boy, whose family asked for him not to be identified.
"He was wearing a dark blue hoodie and dark blue sweatpants. Then I saw another guy coming out of that house, from the side door. He was jogging and he had his hand in his pockets. The two guys met up in the street and were talking for 10 seconds and then they both ran off fast."
The boy said he didn't know there was a crime in progress at first because he didn't hear the gunshots. Only after he saw the police barricade did he realize he should speak up about what he saw.
Another neighbor, Bertrand Desir, 33, who lives across the street, said he was just coming home from work and did not witness anything, but that his 6-month son and the grandmother were home when it went down. The grandmother doesn't speak English.
"She says she heard gunshots and ran into the kitchen, and then she called me scared," Desir said.