MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile Police Department arrested 16-year-old Kendall Howard for first-degree assault and later upgraded his charge to attempted murder.
Police Spokeswoman Ashley Rains said officers responded to a call on Alethea Drive around 11:00 p.m. Saturday after a report that a teenager had been shot.
Neighbors came home to a crime scene on their street.
"When we pulled into the yard, the whole street was blocked off, and all you could see was a large puddle of blood," said Christopher Agee.
Kendall Howard's mother said her son shot the victim in self-defense.
"My son, Kendall Howard, the one who is arrested for the shooting, was the victim in this shooting," said Howard's mother.
Howard's mother claims the victim pulled a gun on her son, and the two began wrestling. Howard's mother said her son grabbed the gun and shot the victim.
The Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said investigators came to a different conclusion.
"We have no evidence to believe this was anything related to a self-defense case," said Rich.
The victim's family strongly disputes Howard's mother's claim.
At the time of the shooting, Howard was out on $50,000 bond for robbery and assault charges. He was charged as an adult at age 15.
Rich has placed a hold on Howard to be held without bond until Tuesday's hearing.
Rich said she will now present Howard's criminal history to a judge Tuesday to try who will decide if Howard stays in metro jail.
"If someone commits a crime and is out on bond, absolutely, they are entitled to a bond. But if they commit a new offense, then it's my opinion they should not be entitled to a new bond," said Rich.
Police said the 16-year-old victim was taken to Providence Hospital for a wound that was originally considered to be life-threatening but at last check his condition was critical but stable.
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