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Case worker fired; Mother of shooting victim speaks out

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TUSCALOOSA - AL -

     For the first time we see the results of a violent robbery attempt earlier this month that left five young victims shot. 

     Carmon Roberts shared with ABC 33/40 photos of her wounded son's arm.  In one you see where a bullet entered the arm and the other where he had surgery and it appears to have been stitched or stapled.

    Roberts son was the one who fired back at Donald Wynn and Tivon Thomas.  They're the two men who police say tried to rob the five victims at a private birthday party at the Eddins Estates apartment complex in Cottondale

   "I watched my son cry...a grown man cry because he's in so much pain.  I saw the pictures of his arm today.  He's going to be scared for the rest of his life," Roberts told reporter Isaiah Harper by phone.

   Roberts interview came just as Tuscaloosa County officials announced they have fired a social worker connected with one of the suspects in the shooting case.

   The employee worker for Community Corrections and was responsible for monitoring Donald Wynn's drug recovery according to County Administrator Melvin vines.  "The director [of Community Corrections] found the [social worker] to have not followed protocol in relations to some drug testing procedures at the community corrections activity."

   Last Week, Tuscaloosa Sheriff, Ted Sexton said Donald Wynn had failed four drug tests in a month and tried to fake the results of another.  Allegedly that information was not relayed to the judge in charge of Wynn's case prior to his involvement in the birthday party shooting.

    Roberts mother says, "These people just turn their back and neglect their duty because somebody didn't do their job and keep these criminals away.  I go to sleep every night and have nightmares about my son and these kids because they are family."

    Roberts says the 17-year old who is left paralyzed from the shooting is her son's cousin.  But, what she says she worries about most is "how many more will slip through the cracks, can and will do the same thing if given the chance."

    Another victim remains in the hospital battling an onset of pneumonia after being shot.  The 18-year old was recently upgraded from critical to stable condition.