- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (AP) - One person was shot during a home invasion early Thursday morning in a sparsely populated town in Connecticut and police are searching for a male suspect, authorities said.

Officers were called to the home on South Main Street in Bridgewater shortly after 3:30 a.m., Trooper Kelly Grant said. The shooting victim, who was said to be alert when police arrived, was taken to Danbury Hospital for treatment and was not immediately identified.

A shotgun was recovered from the area and a police tactical unit searched the nearby woods for the male suspect, Grant said. After a vehicle was reported stolen from a nearby home, police said the suspect was no longer believed to be in the area.

A car that was found in the driveway of the home where the attack took place was seen speeding on Route 7 in neighboring New Milford before the home invasion. An officer attempted to stop the Subaru but the driver did not pull over and the officer ended the pursuit, police told Hearst Connecticut Media.

Town officials said the assailant apparently attempted to switch vehicles after hitting a construction roadblock.

“At least we have some peace of mind knowing it was not a target, but bad luck that the escape route came through our town,” Selectman Alan Brown told the Hearst group.

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