SEATTLE -- A homeowner opened fire after surprising two burglars in his house near Woodinville Monday afternoon.
The confrontation occurred on 168th Avenue Northeast in the Hollywood Hills area.
The King County Sheriff's Office said a man in his 60s returned home to find a running car parked in his driveway. The homeowner went inside and confronted a man and a woman who were ransacking his bedroom.
The homeowner reported pulled out a small caliber firearm and told the suspects to stay put while he phone 911.
"Apparently, the male started to run toward him to try to escape. He became fearful. He fired at least two shots, apparently struck the suspect on two occasions. The male then continued out the door and into the car, leaving the female (suspect) behind," said King County Sheriff Steve Strahan.
The sheriff said the male suspect drove about two miles before he pulled over and phone 911. He was taken to a hospital where he was last listed in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the chest and groin.
The female suspect ran away from the home on foot. Deputies brought in K-9 officers and went door to door searching for her. She's described as a female in her 20's, with dark hair pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a black t-shirt.
Neighbors called the brazen burglary upsetting. Some believe the area was targeted because of the nice homes.
"Everything concerns me. You just have to take precautions," neighbor Randi Astrom said.
KING 5's Amy Moreno and Liza Javier contributed to this report.