Matthew TothLebanon Daily News
Annville, Pa- A Palm City resident has died after two intruders broke into his home and shot him, according to South Annville Township police.
Cory Heft, 41, passed away Tuesday, according South Annville Police Chief Ben Sutcliffe. The resident of the Palm City Mobile Home park was shot when two masked intruders broke into his home Feb. 16.
“The investigation in the shooting and the cause of death of Heft, is an active, ongoing investigation,” South Annville Police Chief Ben Sutcliffe said in a statement Thursday, adding no further details would be released at this time.
The two masked subjects entered the 3rd Avenue residence around 8 a.m. and got into an altercation with Heft, according to an earlier report. During this fight, one of the suspects displayed the gun and shot the homeowner twice.
During this altercation, the shooter also shot one of the family dogs, who was taken to a local animal hospital.
“The two subjects then fled the scene on foot, chased by another family dog; this dog is also believed to have been shot as well and has not been located,” Sutcliffe said in a Feb. 18 statement.
A GoFundMe page was set up after Heft’s attack last week, with organizers saying that a bullet from the shooting was lodged near Heft’s Spine. Police have not confirmed a cause of death as of Friday morning.
“Two men broke into Cory’s home and stole their sense of security and the peace of mind that one has in their own home,” Tim Spence, the organizer of the page, wrote. “What a horrible thing to be awoken to on a Wednesday morning in your own home.”
A second GoFundMe account has been setup for Heft’s 14-year-old daughter, who was not at her home during last week’s shooting.
Officials believe this was a targeted shooting and there is no danger to neighbors or anyone else in the area.
The two suspects fled from the scene in a black SUV, which appeared to have a driver waiting for them. Officials said the SUV may have an out-of-state license plate.
Anyone with information about Wednesday’s shooting is asked to contact the South Annville Township police at 717-867-1003.
This is a developing story. Please check back with the Lebanon Daily News for updates.
Matthew Toth is a reporter for the Lebanon Daily News. Reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter at @DAMattToth.