Boy, 13, shot in dispute over stolen bicycle

SWAT officers in South Philadelphia near the site of a shooting at 20th and Morris Streets over a stolen bicycle. Detectives searched a house on Mountain Street but did not find the shooter and a man said to have been seen with him.
SWAT officers in South Philadelphia near the site of a shooting at 20th and Morris Streets over a stolen bicycle. Detectives searched a house on Mountain Street but did not find the shooter and a man said to have been seen with him. (JOSEPH KACZMAREK / For The Inquirer)
Posted: June 18, 2014

A 13-year-old boy was shot twice Monday afternoon in South Philadelphia over a stolen bicycle, police said, and SWAT teams zeroed in on a house that later turned out to be empty.

The shooting - witnessed by a Philadelphia police detective - occurred around 4:40 p.m. near 20th and Morris Streets. The boy was in the front passenger seat of a car when a man on the street opened fire, shooting about eight times, police said.

The bullets struck the boy in an arm and a leg. He was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was listed in stable condition Monday night.

Police said the shooting erupted over a bicycle that had been stolen from the boy Sunday. The boy's stepfather, who was driving the car, was not hurt, nor was another 13-year-old boy in the backseat. Police said the stepfather and the other man exchanged words before the man opened fire.

After the shooting, the detective in the area saw the alleged gunman and another man walk into a house in the 2000 block of Mountain Street, police said. SWAT teams then responded, blocking off much of the street for more than 21/2 hours.

According to police, the homeowner came out of the house and said that two men had entered it. But police said officers found no one in the house.

Police were searching Monday night for the men, one of whom they said was believed to be between 17 and 21 years old.

Police said investigators also found a revolver and a semiautomatic handgun hidden in a golf bag in the kitchen of the Mountain Street house. They were waiting to determine whether the bullet casings and guns matched.


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