Police are investigating a home invasion on Lombardi Drive in Derby and searching for two attackers.
The 80-year-old victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital and is in stable condition, according to Derby Police. Her daughter was the one to find her.
Police said the woman, who neighbors identify as Lucy Fabiano, told them she interrupted a burglary and was then assaulted by the two masked intruders.
Now police are saying they believe the home may have been targeted and are pursuing leads that indicate the incident wasn't random. They're telling people in the area not to panic.
Police said they are interviewing the victim again in an effort to gain more information that will help further the investigation.
“It's a terrible thing when you know the woman like this," said neighbor Jim Watson.
“People are running a little bit scared now. Around here, we all know each other…we look out for each other," Watson said. "Now, I think there's going to be a little more vigilance and locking your doors and keeping an eyeball out and seeing what's going in around your neighborhood."
Fabiano lived alone in the neighborhood full of retirees, like Watson, who worries about who could be targeted next.
“We're all primarily elderly people here," Watson said. "We're not young folks, so if someone wants to come into your house, they're gonna come in.”
Following the home invasion, police sent out an Everbridge message, or a reverse 911 call, asking for reports of suspicious people or vehicles, and for any home surveillance video that may have caught something.
The home invasion also prompted a brief lockdown at Bradley Elementary School, at 155 David Humphries Road, according to school officials. The lockdown was precautionary and was lifted when a police officer was stationed outside the school.
Ansonia police sent a couple of officers to assist Derby police during the investigation.
Police said evidence was found at the scene.