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N. Phila. shooting stumps cops

Authorities: No leads in case of man, 20, shot in head while sleeping.

THERE WERE plenty of questions in an early-morning shooting in Fairhill yesterday that left a man clinging to life.

Answers, unfortunately, were scarce.

And the details that were available were somewhat bizarre.

Here's what was known, according to police: The 20-year-old victim was lying in bed in his first-floor apartment on Huntingdon Street near 7th when someone shot him in the head about 3:30 a.m., allegedly while his mother and brother were home and his girlfriend was asleep next to him.

The weapon was not found at the scene, according to Chief Inspector Scott Small, and the motive was unknown.

Medics rushed the victim to Temple University Hospital in critical condition, and he remained on life support there late last night, Small said.

East Detectives interviewed the victim's family yesterday.

Officially, police were treating the shooting as an aggravated assault, saying there was no indication it was a suicide attempt.

"There was no note, no weapon, no ruling at all," Small said. "All we know for certain was that he was shot in the head."

Last night, no one answered a reporter's knock on the door at the apartment. Several residents on the block said they had heard no gunshots.

One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he had only a cursory relationship with the victim.

"He was a nice enough guy, but no one around here really knew him," he said. "The whole situation is just strange. No one knows anything."

Small said surveillance footage from the nearby Great Wall Chinese restaurant and other businesses was being reviewed in the investigation.