Two 25 year old men have been charged with attempted murder of an 18-year old teen. It happened early Tuesday morning around 1:30 am.
Cuffed and leaving the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's office, James Cook, Jr. and Demarleo Hines seem shocked they're charged. They turned themselves in.
"I turned myself in because I didn't want any more trouble than already," said Cook as he was being placed in a law enforcement vehicle.
Police say Hines and Cook shot an 18-year old near Dinah Washington Avenue because they believed he had robbed them days earlier.
"They had seen him and been told he was at the store and went there to confront him. One of these suspects had an iron pipe, the other had a gun," explained Capt. Loyd Baker with Tuscaloosa's Metro Homicide.
Gunfire rang out. The victim collapsed in a nearby yard and Debra Taylor, a woman living in the house next door could have been shot.
A bullet struck a back wall to a room where she was ironing at the time. But, it stopped short of piercing it. Taylor says it was about and hour later before they knew the victim was laying out back.
"He laid in that yard an hour. I heard the guy moaning. I though it was a cat and I opened the back door."
"About the time the victim was found, three individuals showed up at TPD to turn themselves in,"added Capt. Baker.
Taylor is still shaken, but says she's also disturbed that it happened in her neighborhood.
"People guys -- as young as they are ...They should be somewhere at home instead of out here chasing each other shooting."
As of Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, the victim whose name has not been released was in critical condition in ICU at DCH Hospital.