A Loudoun County woman shot at an intruder who had broken into her Hamilton home – the second burglary of the house in as many days, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The first attempted burglary at the home was reported during the early evening on Saturday, when the homeowner discovered an open door at the residence, according to authorities. A Sheriff’s Office deputy discovered further signs of forced entry to an interior door, but no entry was gained and nothing was reported missing, authorities said.

The second attempt occurred just a day later, during the early evening hours on Sunday, when the woman encountered an intruder in the house dressed in a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The homeowner brandished a gun and fired a round at the intruder, who fled the home through a back door, according to authorities.

The suspect was not located, and the homeowner was not injured during the incident, authorities said.

Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, said authorities believed the incidents were related.

“It is still unclear what this person was targeting,” Troxell said. “It’s very unusual, obviously, to have a burglar target the same house in two days... maybe they know the victim and know that they have something in the home.”
Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the suspect is asked to contact Investigator C. Salter of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Those callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000, according to the Sheriff’s Office.