Police: Teen shot in nose identifies shooter

A 17-year-old boy who was shot in the nose in Kingsessing Thursday night was able to talk with police and identify his shooter, police said.

The teen was shot at 54th Street and Chester Avenue just after 6:30 p.m. and was able to run about three blocks to 54th Street and Beaumont Avenue, where police found him, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Small said the bullet went through the teen’s nose and was lodged in his skull, but he managed to speak with police.

“A person was apprehended, and the victim himself positively identified the shooter, even though he’s shot and the bullet’s in his head,” Small said.

The suspect, who police said is a 52-year-old man, was taken into custody, and the victim was taken by police to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital before being transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He was listed in critical condition Thursday night.

Small said the suspect was seen running into a house on 54th Street after the shooting. Police did not recover a weapon at the scene, so they were working to obtain a warrant to search that house, he added.

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