Police searching for Altoona teen involved in shooting, considered armed

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — A 17-year-old teen is wanted by the Altoona Police Department for his involvement in a shooting that took place April 7.

Officers hold a felony attempted homicide warrant for Louis Antonio Colon, according to the police department.

Colon is accused of firing three rounds from a 9 mm handgun at a male victim who was standing beside his vehicle that had a 2-year-old child inside. The incident occurred around the 10th Street and 5th Avenue areas.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Police said he may be in the Philadelphia or Allentown area. His hair may be in a short dreadlock style. He is considered to be armed.

Anyone with information on Colon’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Altoona Police Department at 814-949-2490 or private message them on their Facebook page.

When police responded to the incident April 7 around 4 p.m., they noted that three empty 9 mm shells were lying on the ground, and a blue Trek mountain bike was found discarded, according to the criminal complaint.

They reviewed surveillance footage, and the video shows two males riding bicycles. The one riding the blue Trek was wearing a black long sleeve top, black pants that have white stripes down the side, black and white shoes, a black hat, a dark-colored face covering and a pair of black and white gloves. He was later identified as Colon.

The second male was wearing a white muscle shirt, black pants with white stripes down the sides and white shoes. He was later identified as a 16-year-old juvenile.

In the video, you can see Colon get off his bike beside the residence of 5th Avenue while the juvenile went across the street as a red Impala drove past them.

Once the Impala parked, Colon is seen stepping into the middle of the road, pointing a handgun in the direction of the car and firing three shots. Afterward, he ran with the handgun, and the juvenile fled on his bicycle.

Police said they interviewed the driver of the car who said he saw Colon and the juvenile riding their bicycles, giving him dirty looks. He said they were laughing and yelling things at him. He said he got out of the car to confront them, and they got into a verbal argument before Colon pulled a gun out and shot at him three times.

The driver told police he had never seen the two males before. However, when police obtained a search warrant for his phone, they discovered active conversations about the shooting and the two males.

The identify of the two males were confirmed through numerous tips the Altoona Police Department received.

One tip said the driver and Colon had “beef” for several months.

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