Rochester Pastor Shoots Granddaughter, Mistaken for Intruder

Updated: 12/12/2012 9:07 AM By: Leslie Dyste

Rochester police say a grandfather shot and critically wounded his teenage granddaughter after mistaking her for an intruder.

Authorities say the man and his wife were asleep and awoke to a noise outside about 11 p.m. Monday.

The man grabbed his handgun and told his wife to call police as he went to investigate.

Capt. Brian Winters says the grandfather saw a figure at the back door and fired at least two shots. The figure was actually the man's 16-year-old granddaughter, who he thought was inside the house.

The teen had recently been living with her grandparents. She was hit once in the upper torso.

The 61-year-old grandfather told police there had been a recent burglary at a nearby recreation center and that was on his mind when he went to investigate the noise.

Neighbors identify the 61-year-old as Stan Wilkinson, pastor at Seventh Day Adventist Church.

"A very wonderful pastor, I really appreciated his messages, and the life that he lives, a good example for all of us," said church member Pat Horst.

"We're just really praying that the granddaughter and Pastor Stan will make it through this terrible experience," Horst said.

Friends say Wilkinson's granddaughter is 16-year-old Paige Wilkinson, a junior who recently started school at Century High School in Rochester.

"She's really welcoming and warm and outgoing... so I'm not surprised that she has a lot of friends already at Century," said Wilkinson's friend Lauren Kotajarvi.

"Everyone is just saying that they love her so much and they are praying for her every night until she fully recovers," Kotajarvi said while reading posts about Wilkinson on Facebook. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.