A man was in critical but now stable condition after he was shot Tuesday while confronting two burglars who broke into his Ford Mustang, according to Phoenix police.

Officers said the man walked outside his home near 31st Avenue and Indian School Road about 9:10 a.m. to see a man and a woman sitting in his black Mustang.

The man confronted the pair, and police said the male suspect shot the owner of the Mustang.

A neighbor who asked not to be named for her safety said her injured neighbor stopped at her house at around 9:20 a.m., softly pushed the door in about 4 inches and cried for help. She said he was shirtless and bleeding from his abdomen.

“I got so scared,” she said, adding the man never entered her home. “My kids were home.”

She said she pushed the door shut, locked it and took her kids into the kitchen.

Meanwhile, the injured man ran to another house for help.

Several neighbors said they hadn’t heard any gunshots.

The wounded man was transported to a hospital in critical condition and police said his condition was stable Tuesday afternoon.

On April 27, down the street from the victim’s house, a 23-year-old woman was shot and killed during an illegal drug transaction, Sgt. Jonathan Howard of Phoenix police, said. 

State Rep. Ray Martinez, D-Phoenix, who has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, was aware of the April accident as well as Tuesday’s.

“I am very concerned about the amount of violence in this neighborhood,” Martinez said. “Maybe more police presence would help.”  

Authorities were still looking for the two people Tuesday afternoon.

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