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Man, 13-year-old daughter shot in southern Wake County home

Posted August 14, 2013

A 32-year-old man and his 13-year-old daughter were shot inside a home in the 11000 block of Old Stage Road, near Willow Spring, on Aug. 14, 2013.

— A 32-year-old man and his 13-year-old daughter were shot inside a home in southern Wake County early Wednesday, authorities said.

Wake County deputies responded to the home, in the 11000 block of Old Stage Road near Willow Spring, at about 1:45 a.m.

According to investigators, two men knocked on the door of the home, shot the 13-year-old girl who answered and then entered the home and shot her father.

Two shot in southern Wake County Scene of Wake shooting also saw 2011 home invasion

The girl called 911 to report the shooting, but the dispatcher has trouble understanding her as she struggled to speak.

"I don't know where I am, somewhere in Willow Spring, but someone just shot me," the girl said.

Her father, whom investigators identified as Andrew Louis Bass, later got on the phone as dispatchers sent deputies and paramedics to the home. But they couldn't decipher what he yelled into the phone, and then no one responded to the dispatchers' repeated requests for information.

Bass was treated at WakeMed and released. The girl's name and condition haven't been released.

Neighbors said they didn't know Bass and were surprised to learn a teenage girl lived at the home.

Authorities haven't released a detailed description of the two men wanted in the shooting. They were using K-9 units to search the area near the home, including several vehicles parked nearby.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the shooting doesn't appear to be a random act.

"I think this was somebody that knows this residence," Harrison said. "I don't think anybody has anything to worry about here in the neighborhood."

Bass also was injured in a 2011 home invasion at the same residence, authorities said. No one was ever charged in that case.

Harrison said Bass wasn't initially cooperative with investigators, but he attributed that to questioning taking place in a hospital setting.

"I'm sure he'll help us as much as he can, or at least I hope he would. I mean, that was his daughter that got shot," he said.


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  • Lou Epstien Aug 15, 2013

    There's much more to this story. Not your typical home invasion. Public records reveal so much. It's a shame about this 13 year old.

    Exactly......a quick Google of the fathers name will tell you what this was all about.....going back to AT LEAST 2009.

  • btneast Aug 15, 2013

    I can’t imagine a more insecure, paranoid human being.

    Then you have a limited imagination. Wouldn't you think it would depend on where you live and what experiences you have had in the past with crime? Personally, I am thinking I would not want to live somewhere that I felt I had to wear a sidearm all the time. I suspect the original writer was responding to the comment about "cowering and tightly gripped firearm" and really does not wear his weapon 24/7 in his house. I have had a few instances where the noises I heard prompted me to go downstairs with a pistol in my hand.

  • 678devilish Aug 15, 2013

    All of us need to be very careful in answering our own door. If you are not really expecting anyone, then don't open that door. Teach your kids that as well. Be safe and not sorry later. Of course I am sorry for what happen to the father and dauther but they could have been killed; too. How about a peek hole in your door. Just be safe.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 15, 2013

    "This must be a funny sight, all of you cowering inside your homes tightly gripping a firearm everytime the doorbell rings" - btneast

    “That's what holsters are for. Lets me relax with my firearm safely and securely by my side.” - Mike H

    Wow, what sight...a man walking around inside his house 24/7 with a gun strapped to his hip. I can’t imagine a more insecure, paranoid human being.

  • Rocknhorse Aug 15, 2013

    I don't understand blaming the girl. Crime happens and it can happen anywhere! We used to live near the location. Husband was rolling trashcan to street one night while I was letting dogs out. A man stepped from trees (from my side yard) and got between husband and home. He was very tall, skinny, fidgety and kept his hands tucked under back of his shirt. He was asking for $20 "to get a cab to drive to hospital to see his little girl." I stepped into house and grabbed .357 and greeted him with an invitation NOT to return!! He did not.

    Point is, we can all sit here second guessing the girl answering the door, the dad, etc... But the fact is, two criminals forcibly entered their house and shot them! I hope they are able to make a full recovery!!!

  • borofsks Aug 15, 2013

    I am amazed at all the hateful comments. here are the facts there was a knock at the door at 1:00 am a half asleep 13 year old girl who has spending night at her fathers opened the door and we shot by intruders who then shot her father. Why the posters here are so ready to blame the victim is a puzzle to me. Have compassion for the people that were injured and don't make assumptions. Think how you would feel if this was someone you know and they read your post.

  • mrxdimension Aug 14, 2013

    mrxdimension - "In this case, my first plan would be to avoid the situation and not open the door at that hour."

    Yeah, but remember too - The criminals here were armed and doors can be shot through, so prepare for that too.

    You may be using me to speak to others. That's OK. I didn't say not answering the door, calling 911 on the cell, and cowering in fear were my three first, or only plans. I merely said avoiding a situation if at possible is a good idea.

  • Bill of Rights Aug 14, 2013

    "This must be a funny sight, all of you cowering inside your homes tightly gripping a firearm everytime the doorbell rings"

    That's what holsters are for. Lets me relax with my firearm safely and securely by my side.

    No cowering in this well-armed household, thankyouverymuch!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 14, 2013

    rargos - "I remember when no one locked their front door and there were no such thing as home security systems."

    I do too. Maybe the most someone would have would be a big old dog.

    Those were the days...

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 14, 2013

    Thinking about the child, the only one that really matters to me.

    Also praying the authorities catch the shooters fast. For someone to be so low as to shoot at a child means they probably wouldn't hesitate to shoot at anyone.