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Coroner: Teen shooting victim dies after home invasion

Robbery occured Sunday night in North Coventry

NORTH COVENTRY TWP., Pa. - A teenager who was shot during a home invasion robbery in Chester County late Sunday night has died.

Police responded shortly before 11:30 p.m. to a reported shooting at the Ashwood Apartments at 782 Worth Boulevard in North Coventry Township.

Officers arrived to find a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound inside one of the apartments.

Police said three masked, armed intruders broke into the apartment about 11:15 p.m. Investigators said they believe the two men and woman wanted to rob the residents, and the teen was shot during an altercation.

The boy was rushed to the trauma center at Reading Hospital, where he later died, according to the Berks County coroner's office, which declined to name the shooting victim, referring all questions to township police.

69 News spoke with the victim's father, David Doyle, who said his son, David Doyle III, was about to get his GED and join the Marines. He called his son a hero who stood up to the intruders after they burst though the door.

Investigators said the incident was not a random shooting and that they've identified as least one possible suspect.

Authorities said they are tracking down investigative leads.

It's unclear how many people were inside the apartment at the time of the robbery.

North Coventry Township police were assisted by a K9 unit as they were searching for the intruders, who were last seen running toward a wooded area. Police said the K9 tracked a scent to a parking lot, where police believe the robbers were parked.

The West Pottsgrove, East Coventry and Pottstown police departments and Chester County detectives were assisting.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the North Coventry Township Police Department at 610-323-8360.

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