UPDATED 11/14/11 10:44 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A homeowner shot and wounded a burglar early Monday morning in the back yard of his South Chicago neighborhood home.

Police officers on patrol noticed a man lying on the sidewalk on the 3000 block of East 91st Street around 1:45 a.m., police said. The man was bleeding from his leg.

Around the same time, police received a call from a nearby resident who had been woken up by a security alarm. The resident noticed a burglar in the back yard, rummaging through scrap metal.

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The homeowner shot the man in the left leg with a .22-caliber rifle and the burglar tried to flee, according to police.

The officers who found the man lying on the sidewalk followed a trail of blood back to the home where the burglary occurred, in the same 3000 block of East 91st Street.

The suspect was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg and was listed in stable condition, police said.

He had not been charged as of 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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