'I feel no safety now,' says husband after 71-year-old wife shot, pistol-whipped at home

Family says they are scared after 71-year-old woman shot, pistol-whipped inside home. (KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- A Seattle family says they’re scared after a 71-year-old woman was pistol-whipped and shot during a robbery at her home.

Le Tran says when he and his wife arrived home from the grocery store Tuesday afternoon, two men approached them near his driveway. One asked for gas money. Tran said no.

Tran then walked around the back of the home. Moments later he heard a scream.

He ran inside and found his wife lying on the kitchen floor, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound.

According to Tran, the two men had walked right through the family’s front door and attacked his wife. The gunman hit her several times on the head before firing a shot through her shoulder. They then left with her purse.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Kim Tran was still in serious condition in the ICU at Harborview. But her husband says she is recovering well. The wound is still painful, but the bullet missed her organs.

“Now she is okay. Everything is okay,” Tran said. “I feel good. I feel now she is good. I am happy.”

Still, the scene that unfolded frightened the family. Tran says he saw one of the men casually walking away from the house after the shooting. He doesn’t feel safe in his neighborhood now.

“I feel no safety now,” he said. He wants more police present in his neighborhood. “This area is dangerous.”

He plans to add some security measures around his property.

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