WASHINGTON -- The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the teen killed after entering the wrong home in Sterling early Sunday morning. Caleb Gordley, a 16-year old junior at Park View High School, was shot by the homeowner around 2:30am.
Gordley had been out drinking with friends on Saturday night. He was dropped off on his block, where he went around the back of a house two doors down from his own in the Lochewood Manor cul-de-sac and entered through an open window. The homeowner woke after hearing his alarm system go off and found Caleb on the stairs. Law enforcement describe the homeowner as being startled and shooting the teenager. No further details have been given on the shooting.
"When he came back it appears as though he entered into the wrong house, and this is the result of that," Sheriff Mike Chapman told WMAL.
The Sheriff's department originally responded to reports of a burglary with shots fired by the homeowner on the 45900 block of Pullman Court. The home belongs to Donald West Wilder II. The homeowner's name has not been released by law enforcement, but was found in a real estate search.
Caleb lived with his family in a red brick house similar to the one he was shot in. His father, Shawn Gordley, has taken to Twitter to mourn the loss of his son and voice his belief that his son was an accidental intruder. "Let it be known that Caleb *accidentally* entered the wrong house after a party last night," Gordley wrote on Sunday evening. Gordley's Twitter picture is of Caleb in his Park View basketball uniform.
Chapman told WMAL the department is weighing it's options on charging the homeowner. "That's a decision that hasn't been made yet," Chapman said. "We're still waiting to make sure that we have all the information we need from the medical examiner."
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