Teenager wanted in Bristol shooting

May 16, 2009 3:58:11 PM PDT
Bristol Police say they've been searching for an armed teenager since Thursday and are now asking for the public's help. "We can't have a little child like this running around with a 9mm," Chief James McAndrew of the Bristol Police said.

McAndrew is referring to 17-year-old Stephen Todd who is wanted by Bristol Police for shooting a 19-year-old acquaintance six times last Thursday. The victim, Jerome Coleman survived, but Todd has been on the lamb ever since.

"The 9mm semi-automatic handgun made, we allege, made this 5'6, 120 pound, 17-year-old to feel like he was King Kong of the streets of Bristol," First Assistant District Attorney Dave Zellis said.

Investigators can't or won't say what prompted the broad daylight shooting in the residential neighborhood. What they do say is the very same victim was shot in the wrist the month before on April 18, allegedly by 25-year-old Jimmy Wilson.

Wilson is behind bars facing attempted murder charges now and because the victim lived to talk about that crime he was offered witness protection, an offer Coleman flatly turned down.

Investigators believe Todd is still in the area and is still armed and dangerous, but police are determined to bring him in.

Police want to stress that Stephen Todd is armed and clearly will not hesitate to shoot, so if anyone sees him or knows about his whereabouts they're encouraged to contact police at 215 785-4040.

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