LCSO: .40 Caliber Handgun Used in Shooting of Sterling Teen

New information reveals that the teen was shot in the left rear shoulder; a separate investigation into how the teens obtained alcohol is underway.

A legally owned .40 caliber handgun was the weapon used in the fatal shooting of Park View High School student Caleb A. Gordley, who had entered a neighbors home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and reportedly ignored repeated warning to stop, according to new information provided Thursday afternoon by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators are reviewing the case with the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and no determination is expected before all related information has been reviewed, including the report from the medical examiner’s office.

The new LCSO information also reveals that Gordley, 16, was struck in the left rear shoulder.

According to the report, Gordley activated the alarm when he entered the home through a rear, unlocked window and continued climbing a staircase after an armed homeowner reportedly called out warnings and fired a warning shot. The homeowner did not recognize the teen, according to the report.

After the teenager reportedly passed the homeowner in a hallway and continued toward a bedroom where other residents were, the homeowner fired several times, striking the teen in the left rear shoulder, according the LCSO information. Gordley died at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office indicated in its report that Gordley had been drinking with friends, but investigators are awaiting a report from the medical examiner’s office to determine the amount of alcohol in the teen’s bloodstream.

Officers responded March 17 to reports of a burglary on the 45900 block of Pullman Court in Sterling in which the homeowner discharged a firearm.

The new press release repeats Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman’s assertion that Gordley mistakenly entered the wrong home, just two doors down form his own. While such an entry is considered a crime, Chapman said the evidence indicates that Gordley had no further criminal intent.

“There does not seem to be any indication at this point that Caleb had gone in the house to commit any further crime,” Chapman said during a press conference earlier this week.

The investigation into the incident continues. Several shell casings and rounds were recovered at the scene. In addition, a separate investigation was opened to learn how the teens obtained alcohol the night before the incident.

Detectives met with members of Gorley’s family Wendesday to provide the latest information about what their investigation revealed. The homeowner and Gordley’s family remain cooperative in the investigation.

Gordley's parent told WJLA-7 on Tuesday that they believe it was an mistake and do not blame the homeowner (see accompanying video).

The case remains open pending a final report from the medical examiner’s office, including a toxicology report.

joe brewer April 02, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Two shots to the head and two shots to the heart is what was needed once he went past the firefighter. If anything condem the firefighter for poor aim and not using all the force at his disposal.
Eaglepoint007 April 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Joe, I can close my eyes and hit a target from 15 feet every time. So can my son who has been trained. Missing from a short distance is a prime example of a person that has no reason to have a gun until they learn to shoot. No one was suggesting each shoot had to be in the "circle/box" but what you seem to be missing is the targets are not full targets they are upper body only. Now make it a full target and its a lot harder to miss the entire thing. Second on your comment a about community minded really! 40 Caliber will go thru a drywall and easily across the street and into other homes. So if you don't know how to use it be smart enought to leave the big guns to people that can use them. Community minded you just let someone walk by you and your a fire fighter that carries 75 pounds of equipment yet a 16 year old boy walks by you. As for the black deputy, really as least someone would give a crap about the truth. Right now not one of them is fact finding they are straight "WHITE WASHING". and you indicating that missing from 15 feet is normal shows me you shouldn't have a gun either.
Locally Involved April 03, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Seems to me all this could have been avoided if the first line of defense was a locked window. Next, a home security system (wireless can be self installed real cheap). Time to stop blaming the victim.
joe brewer April 04, 2013 at 01:59 PM
The victim is the man whose house was invaded not the dead dope to be blunt.
Eliana April 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Joe, your comments are transparent attempts to provoke but they're falling flat. At this point, you're being a troll.


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