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PORTSMOUTH -- Police are searching for a gunmen after realizing the suspect was not barricaded inside his home.

Officers were called to the 80 block of Merrimac Drive around 12:19 p.m. in regards to a shooting. The area is located in the Swanson Homes complex.

The male victim was taken to Sentara Norfolk General and is in stable condition.

Police surrounded the home for about four hours, thinking the gunmen was inside. However, officers say the suspect was not found inside the home at all.

A police spokesperson says the suspect was apparently arguing with the victim prior to the shooting.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more information on 13News at 6.

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