Sheriff: New Zealand man shot trying to enter teen's home

The home was in a remote but pretty part of Richmond Virginia known as Holland Hills

The home was in a remote but pretty part of Richmond Virginia known as Holland Hills

A New Zealand man has been shot by a mother in the USA, after he travelled 13,000 km from Auckland to Richmond, Virginia, where he tried breaking into the house after her 14-year-old daughter stopped talking to him online.

"This was not random, not spontaneous, this was something very planned", Agnew said.

Skinner then attempted to break through the door using a brick. But still Skinner persisted, the sheriff's office said, and having smashed through the door with the stone, he reached inside to unlatch it.

Skinner was struck in the neck and remains hospitalised, according to authorities.

Skinner will be charged with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon with intent to commit a serious crime, the sheriff said.

In Richmond he stayed at Hosteling International USA, according to investigators. The FBI is looking into whether federal charges are warranted.

He travelled over 8,000 miles (13,000km) after the girl stopped speaking to him online, police say.

"He is not the victim, that lady and her family members are the victims", Sheriff Agnew said.

"The mother was home alone with her daughters when this all happened and she called the father who is the one who apparently said "get the gun".

Shamar Singh, a friend of Skinner's for eight years, told the New Zealand Herald he was shocked and initially thought the story circulating about Skinner was a prank.

In a press conference, Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew described Skinner's arrival as not welcomed.

Police found him with a knife, pepper spray, tape and his plane ticket from New Zealand in his pocket.

Skinner then reportedly attempted to flee and collapsed in the next door neighbour's yard where police ended up finding him and gave him medical attention.

They also said they had been in contact with Skinner's family and had offered consular assistance. "They had a violent man try and break into their home".

Citing the ongoing investigation, the sheriff declined to discuss what exactly he believes Skinner planned to do if he had gotten inside the home.

Investigators said Skinner had arrived in the US from New Zealand after talking to the girl using Discord, an online chat service that allows video-gamers to communicate via their PC or smartphone, reports the New Zealand Herald.

"He was not invited here, he was not expected here, he had been told in the past that the daughter no longer wished to communicate with him", Agnew said.

"If you have just her Discord handle you're not going to know where she lives, but if she had linked her Facebook to Discord, you get her Discord handle and see her Facebook and on her Facebook it says Maggie VCU", Nagarajan said.

Agnew said Skinner was repeatedly warned by the homeowner that she had a gun but that didn't stop him. He was taken to a local hospital, authorities said.

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