TARENTUM, Pa. — Authorities continue investigating a home invasion that left a teenage boy in critical condition.
According to police, the incident happened on New Year’s Day around 4:30 p.m. at a home on Short Street in Tarentum.
Police told Channel 11 News that 16-year-old Seth Reid and his mother were home when two assailants broke into their home.
Investigators said Reid was shot during the invasion and his mother was pistol-whipped.
"My son Seth is a hero. He was shot trying to protect his mother," said Seth's father, Richie Fox.
“I believe it was a .45 caliber from maybe 4 feet away,” said family friend, Ron Lang.
Reid was rushed to UPMC Children’s Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
According to Fox, his son has also been suffering from kidney failure for the past 13 years.
“I would like to thank Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for their graciousness and compassion for life,” Fox said.
Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported nothing was taken from the home, and the intruders ran after firing the shot.
Channel 11's Renee Kaminski learned that 17-year-old Dorian Smedley was taken into custody in connection with the shooting.
Allegheny County Police said Smedley and his accomplice, who remains on the run, were there to rob the Reid family.
Smedley is charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault, according to court documents.
On Wednesday, Channel 11 News was there as Reid’s family was installing security cameras around their house in an attempt to prevent similar actions in the future.
Lang told Kaminski Reid’s a good kid who didn’t deserve this.
“He lost one kidney and 25 percent of the other kidney. He was shot through the liver and small intestine,” Lang said. “No, (he’s not in the best of shape right now).”