9-year-old injured in Tuscaloosa shooting

9-year-old injured in Tuscaloosa shooting

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Crime scene tape marks the area where a 9-year-old boy was shot on Monday night. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Crime scene tape marks the area where a 9-year-old boy was shot on Monday night. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The search continues in Tuscaloosa for the person responsible for a shooting a 9-year-old boy in West Tuscaloosa on Tuesday night.

Investigators describe his injuries as non-life threatening, but he was taken to Children's of Alabama hospital in Birmingham because of his age.

Investigators say it happened around 9 p.m. near the Hay Court housing community off 41st Avenue.

They say a 17-year-old and his 9-year-old cousin were at a basketball court when they were confronted by 26-year-old man.

Police say the 17-year-old became afraid and ran, and the 9-year-old followed. Shots were fired and hit the 9-year-old in his left arm and lower left side.

As of Wednesday, investigators say they believe they are on the right path to identifying the shooter.

They say there were several people around when the shooting happening, and they have not ruled anyone out who was believed to have been there.

Investigators also say they are finding inconsistencies in some of the stories.

"I can tell you this, someone in that group is not telling the truth," Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit Sgt. Dale Phillips said. "Now, I don't know who yet, and we're going to find out who, but someone in that group is not telling the truth."

Investigators believe this stemmed from some sort of dispute between the 17-year-old and the 26-year-old's brother.

Officials also say the 17-year-old and 9-year-old came from a neighboring apartment complex. The homicide unit says the child who was shot was visiting a relative and actually lives in Birmingham.

Sgt. Phillips says solving the shooting is a high priority.

"It's a tragedy whenever anyone gets shot. But when it's a 9-year-old child it's something that's got to be dealt with aggressively," he said.

Eddie May Brown heard the shooting from inside her apartment.

"Oh, it makes me feel sad," she said.

Brown says it's disappointing when anyone is shot, especially a 9-year-old victim. Brown calls the violence unnecessary,

"All these dangerous folks. They don't have any sense, none of them," she said.

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