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ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) -

An Alexander City man has been released from the hospital and is doing well after being shot in the head during a home invasion, according to police. 

Detectives say they have connected three teenagers to the crime.

It happened May 29 around 9:30 p.m. at a house on S Street on the north side of town.

The homeowner, 59-year-old William Johnson, and his 39-year-old nephew, Ryrecius Johnson, were sitting on the couch watching a basketball game when three men wearing masks stormed in and started demanding money.

"All of a sudden, they ran in hollering, 'Give it up!' and we told them, "Give you what? We don't have anything.' I was shook up," Johnson told WSFA. "My nephew was sitting down and he did what they asked them to do. He gave them what he had and then all of a sudden, the only thing I know I just heard a shot and then he fell out the screen door and out onto the porch and I saw where he was bleeding."

During the robbery, police say Ryrecius Johnson got into a struggle with one of the gunmen and tried to pull his rifle away.

"Two of them were armed with long rifles, one of them was armed with a pistol and they demanded money from the subjects. One of the men there at the residence, the victim, grabbed the rifle of one of them and at that time, the rifle went off and shot the victim in the left ear and it went into his head and lodged in his brain," said Captain Tommy Lovett who oversees the Detective Division at the Alexander City Police Department. 

The victim was taken to Russell Medical Center in Alexander City by private vehicle and then transported to UAB where police say he is listed in serious condition. His family members say the gunmen got away with $2. William Johnson was not injured. 

Cpt. Lovett says detectives stayed out all night searching for the suspects, gathering information and got the names of potential suspects, leading them to serve several search warrants.

"Through those search warrants, we recovered several pieces of evidence that was taken in burglaries and evidence also that's connected to the robbery. We've had several burglaries in that area where the shooting took place at and we believe they're going to be linked to those also," he said. "We believe the victims do know them and they're from that area. The ones that we do have as suspects, they live in the area."

Police haven't identified the suspects because they are juveniles.

Cpt. Lovett told WSFA that a 15-year-old boy had been charged with robbery in connection with the home invasion. The teen is being held in the Lee County Juvenile Detention Facility and other charges are pending. The two other suspects were being interviewed. 

Officials say the teens could face not only robbery charges but also assault or attempted murder charges in the home invasion case and additional charges if investigators link them to other local crimes.

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