89-year-old shot during home invasion in NE Oklahoma City, police searching for gunman

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Police are searching for a gunman after a home invasion in northeast Oklahoma City early Friday morning.

Around 5 a.m., police say a man broke into a home in the 2100 block of North Kelham Avenue.

When 89-year-old Theodore Teague answered a knock at the door, an armed man asked him the whereabouts of his grandson.

When Teague tried to shut the door, the alleged suspect kicked in the door and forced his way inside.

"The suspect was confronted by the victim inside the home. At least one round was fired. The victim was injured," said Officer Travis Vernier, Oklahoma City Police Department.

Teague was rushed to the emergency room for his injuries.  Fortunately, he is expected to be okay.

Neighbors know the victim as "Pop," and say he has always been friendly.

"Everybody calls him Pop. He's an old guy. He takes his long walks. He don't bother nobody. He speaks to everybody. You pass, you look for him to wave," neighbor Jamond Polk said.

News of the home invasion startled neighbors.

"I got kids in my house. My first reaction was to grab my pistol and come home," Polk said.

With their neighbor "Pop" recovering at the hospital, those living nearby have a message for the shooter.

"He comes in my yard, he's dead, straight up, ain't no ifs, ands or buts about it," Polk said. "He come in my yard, he's dead."

Police are searching for the suspect, described as a young black male last seen wearing a white shirt, white shorts, and a black or blue ball cap.

If you know any information about this case, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.