Wellington man shot in the face during home invasion

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WELLINGTON, FL (WFLX) - One person's shot in the face and another two are beaten during a violent home invasion on a street that's recently been targeted by thugs.

Update, TUE 10 PM: We have surveillance pictures of a man, deputies say, broke into a Wellington home and pistol whipped the owner.

Deputies say the guy is one of three masked, armed men who broke into a home along the 1100 block of White Pine Drive.

They say the men kicked down a bedroom door demanding money and drugs. The masked men pistol-whipped one of the men inside and beat another one.

During all that chaos, a gun went off hitting one of the roommates, Thomas Kesselring, in the mouth. He is recovering at a local hospital.

His brother, Michael, wasn't at home at the time, but isn't surprised by the break-in. "A lot of break-ins have been happening around this place. That's why the cops have been patrolling and everything like that."

Michael says he doesn't know why they were targeted because there were no drugs inside their home.

If you know have anything information about the break-in, call 1-800-458-TIPS.

Previously: Police are searching for the suspects who shot a Wellington man in the face during a home invasion. Another one was found beaten.

"He's doing fine. He'll make it," said brother of one of the victims, Michael Kesselring.

Kesselring is describing the condition of his brother, who is also his roommate. Kesselring had left for work Tuesday morning when shortly after, chaos erupted in his home.

"A lot of break-ins have been happening around this place. That's why the cops have been patrolling and everything like that," said Kesselring.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, three men wearing masks and carrying a gun broke into that home along the 1100 block of White Pine Drive.

The suspects kicked down the bedroom door of two of the victims and demanded money and drugs. One of the victims was pistol-whipped and the other was beaten in the head, as well.

"As they were being tied up by at least one of the suspects, they heard a gunshot go off and them all the suspects ran out of the residence," said Detective Craig Turner, with PBSO.

The victims found their other roommate had been shot in the mouth. Kesselring says it was his brother, Thomas. He and the other pistol-whipped victim were taken to area hospitals.

"Everything's fine. Everyone's good," said Kesselring.

Deputies set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects. People in the area are on edge.

"It's very, very scary. Very scary. Yea," said Khalil Akbar, whose family lives nearby. "I don't feel good about that at all. Because someone got shot. Someone got injured."

Kesselring says he's doesn't know why his home was targeted, claiming there are no drugs inside. A friend, who used to live there, backs that up.

"They don't sell drugs; they don't do drugs. They're just working people," said the friend, Mike.

Kesselring says he's not sure if they'll move or not. Right now, he's just focused on his roommates getting better.

Detectives say the suspects did get away with an X-Box gaming system.

The victim shot in the face is said to be in fair condition at Delray Community Hospital. The other victim was taken to Wellington Regional.

If you have any information in this home invasion, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.