MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A juvenile has been charged with reckless murder and second-degree assault in connection with a shooting that left a child dead and a teenager injured Monday afternoon, Montgomery police confirmed late Monday night.
According to Capt. Regina Duckett, the male suspect was taken into custody after the shooting on Coral Lane Monday afternoon and has since been transported to the Montgomery County Youth Detention Facility. Duckett said the suspect's name isn't being released because he's being charged as a juvenile.
The Montgomery Police Department confirmed a 9-year-old boy was fatally shot and a 16-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body. The second victim's injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.
During a news conference Monday, Duckett declined to give the suspect's age but said he is related to the victim who was killed. She said a "responsible teenager was present but not an adult." When discussing possible charges, Duckett said a reckless act that results in a death can lead to charges regardless of intent.
Duckett said it appears a single round was fired from a handgun at a home in the 1700 block of Coral Lane, located near Norman Bridge Road, on the city's south side. Duckett added more work with forensics will be done to determine if any additional shots were fired.
'We need to double our efforts to see that young people just cannot get their hands on guns," Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said Tuesday morning.
"We've got 20,000+ plus kids in summer programs," the Mayor explained. "Obviously we missed these. We need to get below that and try to see what we can do to get those 9, 10, 11-year-olds in some kind of program where they can let go of what those emotions are."
It's not clear if it would have made a difference in this case, but this is exactly what Montgomery's District Attorney was trying to prevent when he established a new reward program last month. It pays $300 for information about children with guns. You can call in your tip to Crimestoppers at 215-STOP, or contact the Montgomery County DA on social media.
Central Alabama Crimestoppers is also hosting a gun buyback event Saturday, July 1st at First Baptist Church on Ripley Street. It will pay up to $100 for guns turned in.
The Montgomery School System released a statement saying: