Police: Teen shot over stolen bike, suspect on the loose

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Police are searching for the man who shot a 13-year-old boy. (WPVI)

A 13-year-old boy was shot twice in South Philadelphia and the suspected shooter remains on the loose, police say.

The shooting occurred around 4:40 p.m. Monday near 20th and Mountain streets.

Police say a male suspect approached a car on 20th and Morris streets and fired at least 8 shots into the vehicle at close range.

Inside the vehicle was a male driver, his 13-year-old stepson in the passenger seat, and another teenager in the backseat.

Police say the shooter went directly for the passenger seat where the 13-year-old victim was sitting.

The boy was shot in the arm and the leg.

The shooter fled the scene.

After the car was shot into, the stepfather took off and headed to the injured 13-year-old's home in the 2000 block of Hemberger.

From there, emergency workers picked the boy up and brought him to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he is in stable condition.

A detective in an unmarked car was near the scene and witnessed the entire shooting. The detective radioed for backup and then followed the shooter.

Police say the shooter was accompanied by one other person. They walked a few blocks away and went inside a row home on Mountain Street.

Philadelphia police surrounded the home and eventually a man came out saying he was the homeowner. The homeowner told police two men entered his house carrying guns.

SWAT was brought in and the home was searched, but no one was inside.

SWAT, however, recovered two handguns - a revolver and a semi-automatic weapon - tucked away in a golf bag.

The homeowner denied any involvement, but police are still trying to sort all the details out. As of now, the homeowner is in custody and is being called a person of interest

Authorities say the shooting appears to stem from a bicycle that was stolen - a bicycle belonging to the 13-year-old.

The family had reported the bike stolen. The stepfather, police say, got into an argument with someone about the stolen bike before the shooting.

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