The Loudoun County Sheriff's office has identified an intruder shot and killed by a homeowner in Sterling.
The student, identified by investigators as 16-year-old Caleb A. Gordley, lived on the same street as the home where the shooting took place and reportedly had been drinking alcohol with friends that evening. He was a student at Park View High.
Officers say a resident reported that their house alarm on the 45900 block of Pullman Court was activated around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. As the homeowner went to investigate, he discovered an unknown male inside their home. Gordley was shot and killed in the incident.
Loudoun County sheriff's investigators say the neighbor shot and killed Gordley on the stairwell after the teen entered the house through a back window, triggering the burglar alarm.
Sheriff's officials say Gordley had reportedly been drinking alcohol with friends that night.
A relative tweeted "let it be known that Caleb *accidentally* entered the wrong house after a party last night."
The houses are two doors apart. Same color brick and shudders. Same kind of back yard fence. But the front doors are different.
Caleb Gordley was a 16-year-old junior, a three-sports athlete: basketball, baseball and football at Park View High School in Sterling where the hallways were especially quiet today. Students wearing black and orange in Caleb's honor.
"It's hard because we don't really know," says Pablo Rivera, student body president at Park View HS. "There's not really words to describe how we feel right now. Everybody's sort of in a state of comatose. We're just trying to let it sink in."
"It's probably going to be a really quiet day," says Caleb's basketball teammate Nilanka Lord. "A lot of people were in class with him, lot of people were close to him, really popular guy. So it's going to be tough for us as a school to get over this."
"Absolutely great student athlete I enjoyed coaching very much," says Park View HS Boys Basketball Coach Mike Koscinski. "We spent a lot of time during the season. He's stay after practice and work really hard. Extremely enthusiastic. I'm just, everyone's devastated."
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says, "The 16-year-old lived on the same street as the home where the shooting took place and reportedly had been drinking alcohol with friends that evening. A rear window to the home was found opened and is believed to be the point of entry into the home.."
Neighbors say the man who owns the home where the shooting took place is a volunteer firefighter who is well liked in the neighborhood.
Later Sunday afternoon, police were called back again to the area after a confrontation between the homeowner and another man.
Several people inside the home where the shooting took place packed up a car with bags and pets and left the neighborhood, FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick reported.
If you have not already spoken to Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and have information regarding the case, you are asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.