Two men forced their way into a home in the Frankford section of Philadelphia early this morning and shot the 39-year-old father of two children living there.
Police say they were notified shortly before 4 a.m. of the incident on the 1000 block of Fillmore Place.
Police said two men broke in through the front door of the home where four adults and two children were sleeping.
The bandits, one armed with a shotgun, rousted the family from their beds, police said.
The father of the children was shot in the back, Northeast Detectives say. The bullet exited through his abdomen.
The victim was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital in critical condition.
"They witnessed the shooting, which is just horrible," Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters this morning.
A second male at the home was taken to a back room, bound with zip ties and gagged.
He suffered a seizure was taken to Aria Health System's Frankford campus in stable condition. He also complained of neck pains from the attack.
A woman at the home, her two children, ages 8 and 12, and the woman's father were not injured.
Police said the robbers fled with about $200 in cash.