New Zealand man shot after 'flying to U.S. to attack teenager'

New Zealand man shot after 'flying to U.S. to attack teenager'”

A New Zealand man has been shot by a mother in the U.S., after he travelled 13,000 km from Auckland to Richmond, Virginia, where he tried breaking into the house after her 14-year-old daughter stopped talking to him online.

"This was not spontaneous", Sheriff Jim Agnew said during a news conference.

They heard Skinner banging on the door with a brick, the sheriff said.

Troy Skinner, 25, was shot and wounded while breaking into a home in Goochland, Virginia.

Skinner then reappeared on the back deck and again tried to get inside by throwing a landscaping brick through a glass door.

Skinner was struck in the neck and remains hospitalised, according to authorities.

He is facing charges of breaking and entering with a deadly weapon and with the intent to commit a serious offence.

Agnew said the girl's mother saw a man trying to enter her home, warned him several times she had a gun, then fired after he broke the glass on the second door he tried to open.

He is reported to have stayed at a hostel in town before purchasing the knife and duct tape at a Wal-Mart and heading off toward the family home. Then he flew on an airplane to Virginia, and was shot by the teen's mother as he attempted to break into her house with a knife, duct tape, and pepper spray. He has referred the case to the FBI to determine whether any federal charges are warranted.

He will have a bond hearing today or tomorrow, she said.

"The lady who shot Skinner didn't want to".

Agnew said the mother was downstairs painting with one of her daughters when Skinner knocked on the front door.

Skinner, a New Zealand citizen, arrived in the US on June 20.

Although the 14-year-old had been in contact with Skinner via a computer tablet and by cellphone, "the younger daughter tried to stop communicating with him", Agnew said.

Skinner was shot by the girl's mother after being repeatedly told that she had a gun and to leave the property.

It was Skinner's first time leaving the country and he had a passport delivered to Singh's house in January.

"He had his plane tickets from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia, from Sydney, Australia to LA", Sheriff Agnew explained.

They also said they had been in contact with Skinner's family and had offered consular assistance.

The girl's mother was unaware of her daughter's communication with Skinner until after he showed up at the family's home, Agnew said. "This 6-foot-1-inch, 275-pound man attempted to violently get inside her house".

Agnew said Skinner had planned on returning to New Zealand June 30.

"If you have just her Discord handle you're not going to know where she lives, but if she had linked her Facebook to Discord, you get her Discord handle and see her Facebook and on her Facebook it says Maggie VCU", Nagarajan said.

A friend described Skinner as an anti-social loner, and said he'd claimed he had been traveling to America's west coast to meet online gamer friends.

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