A 17-year-old male was arrested Tuesday (Feb. 27) by Atmore police and charged with the attempted murder of another teen who was shot and critically injured at an Atmore location.
According to a press release issued by APD Chief Chuck Brooks, officers were sent to Atmore Community Hospital around 4:08 p.m. after hospital staff notified authorities that emergency department personnel had treated a 17-year-old male gunshot victim whose injuries were considered life threatening.
Police were told by attending physicians that the victim suffered a punctured lung from a bullet that also struck his spine and left him paralyzed.
The shooting took place in the 300 block of East Fourth Street.
The victim was conscious and was able to identify the person who shot him before he was airlifted by Life Flight helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
The teen suspect, who later arrived at the police department in the company of his mother, was interviewed by investigators who arrested him and charged him with attempt to commit murder. He was then taken to Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton without incident.