A man accused of firing shots at Mobile police officers on Thursday was a person of interest in a Christmas night shooting at the Wynnsong Mobile Theater in December of 2015, according to police.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste identified the shooter as 21-year-old Johnny Vail. Vail was wounded during the gun exchange with officers at RV Taylor Plaza on Thursday, August 8.

Vail, still wearing a hospital gown in his arrest photo, was booked into Mobile Metro Jail early Friday morning. Charges so far include receiving stolen property, certain persons forbidden from carrying a pistol, and multiple counts of possession of a forged instrument.

According to Battiste, Vail is no stranger to the law.

Vail was a person of interest in the movie theater shooting where four people were injured. A 14-year-old male and a 14-year-old female were both shot in the leg while an 18-year-old was hit in the abdomen, leg and hip and a 17-year-old was hit in the abdomen.

Vail was 17 at the time of the shooting.

According to the jail log, he was arrested in May of 2017 for carrying a pistol without a permit and again in June of that same year for carrying a pistol without a permit, discharging a gun into a building/vehicle, harassment or harassing communications, obstructing justice by providing a false identity and a probation violation.

Another suspect in Thursday's shooting, a 20-year-old male, suffered a single gunshot wound in the exchange shortly after 5:30 p.m. August 8. Mobile Fire-Rescue Public Information Officer Steven Millhouse said the suspect was treated for a life-threatening injury and transported to a local trauma center.

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