LA VERGNE, Tenn. – Police are searching for two men who shot a man multiple times in front of two young children at a home in La Vergne.
Police said two men forced their way into a home on Hickory Street around 3 a.m. Tuesday, where four adults and two children were staying. The victim, identified as Randy Malone, was pistol whipped and shot multiple times with a high powered rifle when he fought back against the robbers.
Malone was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he underwent surgery. He was conscious and talking when he was taken from the home, but his condition is unknown.
Police said Malone told them he was trying to protect his two young children.
"Everyone in the home was obviously traumatized by this incident. Seems like the children are in pretty good spirits, at this point, considering what happened. Obviously everybody else in home when this occurred they're traumatized as well," said La Vergne Detective John Eubank.
Neighbors said the family had just moved in to the home within the last week, but the home had been a trouble spot with a drug bust last year.
"It's just scary because I have three kids of my own inside the house and who's to say they couldn't have gone into all the houses and did that to everyone, so I hope the guy's ok," said neighbor Vicky Bain.
The two gunmen remain at large. Both were wearing hoodies, and one had a bandana over his face.
A motive for the home invasion was not immediately known.