The son of Kermit Gosnell, the infamous Philadelphia abortion doctor serving a life sentence for killing newborn children and at least one adult, is now in the hospital fighting for his life after an alleged home invasion.
Police say Gosnell's son, 22-year-old Barron Alexander was shot several times while he was burglarizing a row home shared by a group of undergrads in West Philadelphia on Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred on the 3700 block of Brandywine Avenue in the Mantua neighborhood around 7 a.m., according to Philadelphia Police.
Investigators say Alexander, who legally changed his name after his father's conviction, broke into the home while the three male residents were home. According to police, he broke into the home three times, stealing cash and electronics -- including an X-Box and a laptop.
Police Capt. John Przepiorka said Alexander went through a rear bathroom window during the third break-in, causing two of the residents to wake up.
"He was taking items from the property and a resident from the property woke up startled," said Przepiorka. "A struggle started at that point, the resident screamed for help."
A second roommate then shot Alexander multiple times, said Przepiorka.
Officers rushed Alexander to the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania where he remained in critical, but stable condition.
Przepiorka said investigators were trying to find out if Alexander was armed.
The third roommate living in the home slept through the entire ordeal.
Police say the gun used in the shooting is legally registered to the home owner.
Alexander's father, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, is serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole after a jury found him guilty of killing three babies born alive at his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.
Two years ago, Alexander legally dropped his father's last name, claiming he could not get work or an internship due to his father's crimes.
Police say Alexander faces several charges including robbery, burglary and receiving stolen goods.