Police are searching for a masked gunman who critically wounded a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran Wednesday night in West Oak Lane.

James Carr of the 7600 block of Williams Avenue was shot three times, once in each arm and once in his chest, while chatting with a friend in the street, police said.

About 7:20 p.m., Carr, an Air Force veteran and retired truck driver, was returning home from a trip to the store to pay a utility bill when he stopped to visit a friend on the 1900 block of 74th Avenue, said his son, James Carr Jr.

The men were talking in the street when Carr noticed two men hiding in a bush at the mouth of an alley, his son said. One of the men opened fire without warning, police said, and the suspects did not steal anything. They fled in a red or burgundy Ford Taurus, police said.

The gunman wore a dark hooded jacket and a white mask. The other suspect also wore a dark hoodie, police said. Carr managed to stumble into Lee's Hoagie House on Cheltenham Avenue. He was listed in stable condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Tipsters are asked to call Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353.

Contact staff writer Mike Newall at 215-854-2759 or mnewall@phillynews.com.