Delaware State Police are crediting a 12-year-old for calling 911 after her mother, 38, was shot during a home invasion early Tuesday morning on the 3300 block of Fox Glove Run in Lewes.
Investigators said two men – both wearing dark-colored pants and one armed with a handgun – forced their way into the residence shortly after 6:30 a.m.
Once inside, they allegedly entered a bedroom where a woman, 38, and her daughter were sleeping.
After the two awoke, one of the men fired a single round at the woman, striking her in the head, police said.
The suspects then left the home empty-handed, fleeing in an unknown direction.
The 12-year-old was able to call 911 and give an operator information about the crime.
Paramedics rushed her mother to a local hospital, where she remained for treatment Tuesday.
Detectives determined through a preliminary investigation that the act was not random, and the victims may have been targeted in the home invasion, according to authorities.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call 911, contact Troop 4 at 302-856-5850 ext. 224, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, bydownloading the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application, texting CRIMES (274637) with the keyword "DSP," or by filling out this online form.