LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A reported burglary in East Texas early Monday leaves one teen dead, another injured, and a third behind bars. Three teenagers are accused of breaking into the home. This happened overnight, around 3:30 a.m. at a house featured in Longview's Parade of Homes. The home is on the 1100 block of Camille Drive in Longview.
"I heard a lot of banging on the door and ringing the door bell," says Nathan Lanicek, who lives near the crime scene.
Nathan Lanicek answered his door to find 14-year-old Josh Cominsky covered with blood. Josh and another friend were shot during an alleged home break in.
"According to the homeowner, he was asleep and he heard some noise and heard some glass breaking. Prior to going into the living room the homeowner had armed himself with a firearm. He went into the living room and confronted several subjects, one of which he thought was holding some type of weapon," says Sergeant Shaun Pendleton, Public Information Officer with Longview police.
That's when the homeowner fired his shotgun, hitting 15-year-old Trenton Joseph Houghton of Hallsville. Houghton ran into the woods. He later died at Longview Regional Hospital.
One teen, 17-year-old Gregory Lynn Allison, was taken into custody, facing burglary charges.
14-year-old Josh Cominsky was also wounded. He had more than 100 pellets in his back. Cominsky ran to a house, but no one answered the door. He ended up at Nathan's house.
"He started complaining about having trouble breathing, and someone had shot at him, so I had him take his shirt off and check for wounds. When he turned around, I saw he had been shot in the back with a shot gun. He had close to 100 pellets in his back. I was just trying to get him to calm down and keep the bleeding down until the ambulance got here. I never saw any remorse but I never did get an admission either," says Nathan Lanicek.
Cominsky is at Good Shepherd Medical Center where he is listed in fair condition.
However his grandmother says the story police are giving and the one her grandson told her don't match.
"Why didn't he shot up in the air? How do you shoot one time, say you shot one time, and one boy is shot point blank in the front and another in the back, that was going over the fence. What is the point, what is the point?... He is going to have to live with that. We have two teenagers, one they say is in the hospital and the other one is dead. I'm not excusing anything, I'm not excusing anything, but I understand they weren't in the house," says, Louretta Sok, grandmother of Josh Cominsky.
We spoke with police. They say according to the homeowner's statement, the teens were in his living room. Longview police say as far as charges against the homeowner, that will be up to the District Attorney's office. Texas law does says you have the right to protect your property. but police say if you use deadly force, you better be ready to explain why.