Search for 2 males who Ocala police say attacked 91-year-old woman

Neighbors told Fox 35 they were shocked and surprised after police say a 91-year-old woman was beaten and shot by intruders in her own home this weekend.
 
Devin Zopfi, who lives on the same street as the victim, said, "It's crazy. Thinking that two people would just run up in that house just looking to take some stuff."
 
Zopfi added, "For me, it's anger, because for someone to do that, that's wrong."
 
Ocala police are calling the incident an attempted homicide. They said two burglars snuck into her home through a window, and viciously attacked the 91-year-old woman Saturday morning while she was home alone.
 
Ocala Police Sergeant, Brian Young said "They confronted her and demanded money. When she told them she didn't have any, they began to beat her."
 
After being beaten in the head and face, according to a police report, police said she was shot 3 times in the head, neck and face with what is believed to be rat-shot. Those are tiny pellets that are typically used to kill rodents.
Somehow, according to a police report,  the elderly victim still managed to call 911 while the attackers were still in her house.
She was then rushed to the hospital.
 
Fox 35 asked Sergeant Young how the victim was doing Wednesday morning.
 
"As far as I know, she's doing well," he said. Police said the victim was expected to recover.
 
Detective John Hilton, with the Ocala Police, is working the case. Wednesday morning, Fox 35 asked him about how the victim was doing. He said she was "doing outstanding."
 
Zopfi "I hope the best for her. I give my sincere condolences."
 
Police said it appears the attackers picked her house at random..
 
Fox 35 asked Sargent Young if neighbors were in danger. He said
 
"That's hard to say. Obviously, since we don't know who did it, and we don't know if and when they're going to strike again, I can't say there is no danger, I can't say there is."
 
Zopfi said he is making a change for his family
 
 "The only thing now, is we're setting the alarm," he said.
 
According to police, there have been at least a half-dozen robberies within five miles of where the elderly woman was attacked. Police don't know if they're connected.
 
Ocala police are asking for your help in finding the suspects. If you have any information about either of the cases, call Detective John Hilton at 352.369.7045, or call Detective Lenny Uptagraft at 352.369.7143.
 
You can also call Ocala police at 352.369.7000 or you can remain anonymous by calling crime stoppers at 352.386.7867.

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