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Police: Philadelphia Man Shot Teen Over Frequent Parties

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say an elderly Philadelphia man shot a teen in the stomach because he was fed up with teenagers partying near his home.

Seventy-four-year-old Joseph Deapreau faces charges including aggravated assault for allegedly shooting the teen Saturday night in the city’s Bridesburg neighborhood.

Investigators say Deapreau was angry over the frequent gatherings of teens in a wooded area near his home. Police say Deapreau approached a group of teens Saturday night then shot a 14-year-old in the abdomen when the group refused to disperse.

The wounded teen ran home for help and his friends surrounded Deapreau and kept him from fleeing. The teen was hospitalized but expected to recover.

Deapreau is free after posting bail. A phone listing for him could not immediately be located Tuesday.

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