16-year-old girl comes home to surprise burglars

10:26 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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CLEARWATER, Florida -- It's hard to tell by the smile on her face, but Lyndsey Byrnes was staring down the barrel of a gun just hours earlier, the victim of an armed burglary in her own home.

"I was standing, like, right here," said Lyndsey Byrnes, standing near the front door of her home. "I just saw the carpet fly up and it was just a really loud noise."

The shot was from a .44 caliber gun, according to the victim's family. Police say a trio of teenage suspects broke into the home and where upstairs when they opened fire on Lyndsey as she walked in the front door.

"When I looked up and saw the barrel of the gun, I'm like, 'I'm not going to stick around, to see who they are,'" said Lyndsey. "I just wanted to get out."

Her father was not as happy, furious over the intruders who allegedly opened fire on his daughter.

"She ran out of the house and a couple of the neighbors saw her running and screaming," said Tom Byrnes.

Despite his anger, Lyndsay's father said he's grateful his 16-year-old daughter made it out alive.

"When I see where she was standing and where the bullet hit, it could have been a lot worse!"

Clearwater police quickly arrested a 14-year-old suspect and are still searching for the two other teens believed to be involved.

Lyndsey said she's most surprised by the severity of the crime committed by suspects so young.

"I could potentially go to school with these kids, so that's pretty freaky."

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