UPDATE: Woman shot twice in River Park home invasion

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

South Bend detectives are searching for a gunman responsible for shooting a woman in an overnight home invasion.

Around 4:15 a.m. Monday, police were dispatched to a one-story house in the 1200 block of S. 30th St., in South Bend's River Park neighborhood.

Officers arrived to find Gigi Riley, 32, lying in a blood-filled bed with two gunshot wounds. Police say at least one bullet hit her stomach.

South Bend Police Department spokesman Capt. Phil Trent tells NewsCenter 16, the gunman gained entry by kicking in the front door. A loud "bang" woke-up Riley and her brother. Both siblings were asleep in separate bedrooms at the time.

Riley went to investigate the noise when she ran into the gunman who opened fire. Although police have a weak suspect description, they believe the home invasion was planned.

"We can't really go into the details right now, but if you're a member of that neighborhood, we can tell you that we don't believe it's random. Of course that's a reason to rest a little easier," Capt. Trent remarked.

According to South Bend 911 Center records, officers have been called to the house in the past, but never for anything this serious. A neighbor says Riley, who moved into the house in Aug. 2012, hosted a party Sunday night. When that neighbor fell asleep, the crowd and noise hadn't died down.

Detectives are now waiting for Riley's medical condition to improve before interviewing her for more information. She remains in stable condition at an area hospital.

"In a situation like this you couldn't think of anything more alarming than the idea of having some unknown person walking around your home, especially armed, especially willing to visit violence with whoever they encounter, and that's what happened in this case," Capt. Trent concluded.

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