A suspect is on the loose after breaking into a teen's house and shooting him in the foot.

The 17-year-old victim was sitting on his couch Tuesday afternoon when the suspect entered his house through the back door. The suspect shot him in the foot before running away through the back door again.

The victim was believed to be alone at his home on Simcoe Street at the time, according to Debbie McGreal-Dinning, Hamilton Police's media relations officer.

He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as black and dressed all in black.

Detectives from Division One are continuing the investigation.