Elderly Man Shot During Home Invasion

An elderly man investigating a noise in the basement of his Southwest Philadelphia home was shot twice on Thursday afternoon.

An 80-year-old man was shot twice inside his home along the 6600 block of Yocum Street in Southwest Philadelphia on Thursday.

Joseph Fleming  was watching television around 2:30 p.m. when he heard a noise coming from his basement, Lt. John Walker told NBC10.

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The suspect had broken into the basement through a side window, according to Walker.

Someone outside the home heard the gunshots and called 911. The suspect got away.

The victim underwent surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He's listed in critical but stable condition.

Southwest Detectives tell NBC10 that there has been a rash of break-ins in the area recently.

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