Suspect in home-invasion shooting of man, 80, surrenders, one still at large

A man wanted in connection with a May home-invasion robbery that turned deadly for the elderly victim surrendered to police the same day the 80-year-old homeowner hurt in the shooting died from his injuries, cops announced Monday.

Police said 20-year-old Aaron Pitts surrendered to homicide detectives around 11:30 p.m. Friday. He now faces charges of murder, robbery, burglary and related offenses in a May 17 home-invasion in Southwest Philadelphia’s Mount Moriah neighborhood. Police said when the two men forced their way into the home of Joseph Fleming, 80, on Yocum Street near 66th that afternoon, they shot the elderly man twice.

Fleming clung to life for a more than a month after the shooting, but succumbed to his injuries Friday and was pronounced dead at 1:47 a.m., according to investigators.

Police also have an arrest warrant for Sean Johnson, 18, from 67th Street near Greenway Avenue – a few blocks from the scene of the home-invasion and shooting – in connection with the crime.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to contact homicide detectives at 215-686-3334, the police tip line at 215-686-8477, submit a tip online or text a tip to 773847.

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