MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - A 12-year-old boy could face adult charges after police said heshot and wounded another child. The victim is in serious but stablecondition after taking a bullet to the chest.
Police and detectives surrounded a house on Griffin Street aftergetting a call about a 12-year-old boy being shot.
"When they began the investigation they determined that he andanother 12-year-old were in a room with a gun. The one12-year-old-shot the second 12-year-old in the chest," Chris Levywith the Mobile Police Department said.
"When my sister-in-law heard the shot she ran over and thelittle boy said he was shot. I don't know if they were playing withguns or what," Mary Rowser said.
The shooting happened at Rowser's house, but she wasn't home atthe time. The two kids were at the house with another adult.
"The little boy he crawled right here. They got him and put himin the car and took him to the hospital. His mother is still at thehospital with him. He went through surgery as far as I know. I'mpraying to the Lord he is alright," said Rowser,
The victim is in serious condition but is expected to survive.Investigators are still trying to figure out how and why theshooting happened.
"We really don't believe he intentionally shot him becausethey're with each other everyday. At this point we don't know,"Shanece Rowser said.
"Originally when they responded they believed it was anaccidental shooting, but after an investigation they determined itwas in fact not an accident," Levy added.
As for the alleged shooter, police arrested the 12-year-old, whowas taken to Strickland Youth Center and charged with felony seconddegree assault.
Police said the crime definitely could have been prevented. Thedepartment gives out free gun locks at the Crime Prevention Centerand officers stress safety, especially when it comes tochildren.
"We do try to educate kids in schools about gun safety. We haveliterature and coloring books we do hand out, try to explain tothem all guns are considered loaded," Levy said.
Protective measures that could mean the difference between lifeand death.
Police are still investigating who the gun belonged to and howthe children got access to it.
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