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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A 91-year-old woman, the target of a home invasion, watched as two intruders searched her Miami home early Wednesday morning.

The elderly woman’s family members took her away from her home after she was clearly shaken up, but not injured after the home invasion.

“She’s 91-years old. If you could give her some space. She’s a little shooken up,” said the woman’s grandson.

Neighbors told CBS4’s MaryAnn Martinez the woman is a widow, who lives alone and needs help walking.  Neighbors said the elderly woman actually called police a few days ago, saying someone tried to break in through her back door.

Sometime after midnight, two people broke into her house near Southwest 8th street and 57th Avenue.

Two people forced their way into the back of the house and broke the door. The elderly woman was alone in the home at the time of the break-in.

The two intruders pushed her out-of-the-way, but did not hurt her.

She watched as they rummaged through her home, took some items and left.

” I admire her because I heard that when they had her pinned down, she grabbed a gun and showed them their way out, ” said neighbor Margarita Lopez.

Lopez lives a few doors down from the 91-year-old.  Police came knocking on her door when they realized her security cameras captured the intruders.

Surveillance video shows the intruders arriving around 1:00 a.m.  in a white SUV then leaving the house. The driver of the SUV stops and talks to the driver of a pick-up truck.

“You see the pick up then stops at her house to pick up whatever they had thrown at the front of the house,” said Lopez.

The whole neighborhood is on edge.

Police are searching for the intruders. They’re asking anyone with information to call police.

Detectives said this was an isolated incident and they have no reason to believe others in this neighborhood will be targeted.

Still, there are many elderly folks in the area who want police to catch whoever did this.

“They’re very shaken up. The whole family is here. Most importantly, what it shows is items can be replaced. A life can’t,” said Sgt. Freddie Cruz of Miami Police.

Anyone with information is urged to call, Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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