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Police say Howland home invasion not a random crime

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HOWLAND, Ohio- A Howland man is hospitalized after he was shot several times during a home invasion in broad daylight.

Police were called to lot 60 on Weir Road in Forrest Grove Trailer Park Sunday shortly after 1 p.m.

Matthew Kline, 52, told police two black males kicked in his front door and shot him four times. His neighbor, Carol Dean, says she noticed his door was kicked-in and went inside to check on him.

"I got to the bedroom and there was blood everywhere," Dean said.

Dean says Kline was picking up his medications before emergency officials arrived. Dean's boyfriend, Don King, says he chased after the two male suspects dressed in black from head to toe.

"We saw them run across the park there to the second street over, so we started chasing after them," King said.

King says the suspects got away in a green Escalade and took off.

While neighbors believe this was drug-related, Kline told police that the two suspects forced their way into his home and demanded money.

"There is more than just a home invasion that occurred here," Chief Paul Monroe said, Howland Township Police.

Police have the names of two suspects, but they have yet to be taken into custody.

Monroe believes money was a motive.

"These suspects targeted that mobile home for a purpose, they knew who was there and they confronted the person that was there," Monroe said.

This wasn't the first time Kline had a run-in with the same two suspects. About two weeks ago Kline reported he was pistol whipped and robbed by the same men.

Neighbors say this disturbance has tainted their sense of security.

"It's horrible knowing it's so close to your house, people with guns," Dean said.

Kline remains hospitalized. His condition is not known.

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