Bullet hits man in wheelchair inside North Philly home

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A man in a wheelchair is in critical condition after he was shot while watching TV inside his North Philadelphia home. (WPVI)

A man in a wheelchair was hit by a bullet fired from the street while watching TV inside his North Philadelphia home.

Police say the bullet went right through the man's window.


It happened just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the 1400 block of Poplar Street.

Police say the 61-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.


He was critically injured and rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital. He is expected to survive.

Police say the victim was shot while watching TV. It happened only 10 minutes after a hallway altercation involving the victim's fiance, a friend and two men who apparently did not belong in the building.

"There was a subsequent gunshot that went through the window that hit the male, went through his chest, through his back," said Lt. Anthony Buchanico.

Police have able to find surveillance video that is proving helpful, and they are now looking for two persons of interest. They say the weapon used was a 40 caliber handgun.

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