MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - 17-year-old Summer Moody is still clinging to life one week after she was shot in the back of the head at Gravine Island.
Attorney Robert Stankoski said Moody is still listed in critical condition, and it's not looking good.
Stankoski said, "The last update I received is the prognosis is unchanged, which generally means a vegetative state or death are probably the only two outcomes following this."
Stankoski said doctors discovered her injuries were more severe than originally diagnosed.
The attorney said Moody received a dangerous basilar skull fracture at the time the bullet entered the skull.
Stankoski said this skull fracture itself is potentially fatal.
The attorney said there are signs of infection at the site of the bullet wound, and it is being treated with antibiotics.
Stankoski said doctors are working to control the brain swelling.
The attorney said Moody is unresponsive and is breathing with the help of a ventilator.
Stankoski said three portions of her brain continue to bleed.
He said the family is doing well considering the circumstances.
Three men have been identified in connection with the shooting on the island, and Stankoski said he believes they should face assault charges.
He said, "I'm a little surprised that a decision hasn't been made. I don't know what other evidence or what information can be gathered in this matter. Either they have enough to charge, which I believe they do and probably should under the circumstances. But, I'm going to continue to allow them to do what they need to do. The family is just focused right now on treating Summer Moody and making sure she gets all the medical healthcare she needs."
Stankoski said if Moody dies, the charges could be criminally-negligent homicide, manslaughter or even murder.
The attorney also said if Moody dies, the other three teens could possibly face charges as well.
Stankoski said, "The way I look at it, is the kids are the victims in this case. They are not the ones to blame. The family doesn't blame any of the kids. They were there. They were juveniles. The shooters are the ones to blame."
The attorney said he does not know what was Summer's involvement among the group at Gravine Island that morning.
Stankoski said he's withholding judgment in the case, and he will speak to the three teenage boys' attorneys when appropriate.
Background of story
Moody was shot in the head early Sunday morning, April 15, while on Gravine Island with three other teens who are suspected of burglarizing several fishing camps.
Authorities said three men who were staying on the island fired warning shots at the teens and one of the bullets hit Moody. They have not been charged.
We'll continue to follow Moody's condition and let you know how she is doing.
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