‘My heart is going a mile a minute,’ says Clearwater man who shot intruder

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – An accused burglar remains in critical condition at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg after he was shot by a homeowner Thursday morning, according to Clearwater police.

Investigators identified the intruder as William Kahle, 31, of Clearwater.

Kurt Baima owns the home at Cleveland Street and Highlands Avenue and says he shot Kahle somewhere in the torso around 9:30 a.m.

“I mostly have a gun for target shooting with my friends. I never thought it would come to this,” Baima said.

Baima says a noise woke him up while he was sleeping in on his day off.

“At first when I heard the noise coming from the garage, I thought somebody was trying to break in. I didn’t know somebody was actually there,” Baima said.

Officials say Kahle has a long criminal history.

Baima has not been charged, officials say.

“This is a nice neighborhood, There shouldn’t be anybody trying to rob you at 9:30 in the morning,” said Mike Krall, who lives in the neighborhood.

Krall lives around the corner.

He said burglaries are on the rise. His other neighbor was also burglarized a few weeks ago.

“There was a break in, in the afternoon. They took a 62-inch TV out of their house at like, 4 p.m. in the afternoon,” said Krall. “You have to protect yourself. That’s the way it is, that’s the way we live these days. I mean, I’m carrying a knife right now because we’re walking in the park.”

Marliese Femino has lived in the neighborhood since the 70s.

She says she’s never had to lock up.

“My husband, when he was alive, he had several guns, we never had to use them,” she said.

Krall said he’s adding extra security to his house just in case.

“Actually, I have a security system guy coming here today to give me a quote because that’s what it’s gotten too. You know I want to be able to have cameras outside my house, that way it’s a deterrent and also if something happens to my neighbors, they can come look at my cameras,” he said.

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