Decatur Teen Dies of Gunshot Wound, Police Continue Investigation

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Hospital has confirmed that a 17-year-old Decatur High School football player died Monday after being shot.

Kedrick Bowman Jr. died after being rushed for treatment early Monday morning.  He was shot at 3110 Cotton Place SW, inside his family’s home.

Police haven’t released many details, but WHNT News 19 is hearing from a number of very reliable sources the shooting was an accident.  One source tells us the gun belonged to a family member and discharged accidentally.

Police have spoken with everyone who was present when the shooting took place, and the person who owns the gun is cooperating fully with the investigation.  No charges have been filed at this time.

Decatur Police got the call about the shooting at approximately 12:15 a.m. Sunday. Officers responded and found Bowman suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. They rushed him to Decatur Morgan Hospital by ambulance, and he was then flown to Huntsville Hospital, where he died early Monday afternoon.

Kedrick Bowman played on Decatur High School’s football team.  His teammates gathered Monday to remember him.  Friends also converged on the Bowman family home to offer their support.

“Very outgoing, he was a sweetheart. All I ever, all he ever talked about was going pro and making it in football and he was a really fun guy to be around,” said Jade Corum, a friend.

Teammates met with counselors and coaches Monday afternoon at Decatur High School.

“This is such a tragedy, he was one of those kids that make you want to come to work every day.  He was a class act,” Decatur head football coach Jere Adcock told WHNT News 19.

When Decatur school officials learned of the shooting early Monday, the district’s crisis response team mobilized. School superintendent Ed Nichols says more counselors will be on hand Tuesday for students, teachers and coaches.

“This hurts, not only for the students but for our staff and we want to make sure everyone has someone to talk with if they need it,” Nichols said.

31 comments

  • Decatur Lady

    His step mother!!!! People kill me always using the gun discharged!! Who has guns just laying around when young teenagers are present! Especially when the teenager is part of the family!!! So sad, now all the dreams this young man had are simply gone due to negligence of other people!! Step mother, just lost at words for you!!

      • Decatur Lady

        Yes I am from the South, that’s the problem here! Crazy people have them laying around as if they are a toy!!! Guns are for protection, not to be displayed on a coffee table just laying around!!! FACTS!!

    • star child

      You obviously don’t know Kedrick or his family! He was one of the most well mannered young men you’d ever meet. Everyone he met was a friend. His family and friends were crazy about him. It was truly an accident that he was shot and I know this! It is heavily believed that one keeps their mouth closed if they have nothing nice to say and in your case you don’t have anything nice to say nor do you know what you are talking about or whom you are talking about. Therefore, HUSH, please and thank you!

      • Decatur Lady

        Freedom of speech!!! Like I said its always an accident!!! Further investigations to be continued!! As long as I have my freedom of speech, you cannot tell me to HUSH!! Nobody said he wasn’t a sweet child!! Its just sad that his life was taken due to someone else negligence! I said it and I stick to it!! Get over it Star Child!!

      • Decatur Lady

        Apparently, you haven’t been following that case!! No, he did not get off with it!! Further investigations proved he intentionally murdered the young man!!! Know your facts before you post!!

  • Concerned Citizen

    Why in the world were guns just “out”. It’s one thing to have them out if you’re being threatened and you feel like your life is in imminent danger. I’d even buy the argument that the gun was being cleaned (although I would NEVER do that while people are around). I’m not an expert in bullets, trajectory, and all that other stuff, but I know a thing or two about physics. I totally agree with Hsv. There is more to this story and unfortunately we may never get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This story is the reason why everyone that can legally own a gun shouldn’t. It’s like, everyone that qualifies for a credits card shouldn’t get one. Regardless, of whether this was an accident or not, the person that had their gun just “out” and waving it around or whatever, should still be punished to the fullest extent of the law for being reckless and putting the lives of other people in danger.

  • bjack77753

    Not true EOD. I’m from the south and my gun is never left “laying around”. I don’t know anyone that does.

  • Sue

    Sad! I know a lot of people have guns for protection. I agree with that but having them just laying around is dangerous in any circumstances. Obviously this is why. Tragic for this young man. May he rest in peace. My prayers go out to him and his family.

  • dmil72

    It’s quite sad this young man has passed and I pray for his family and friends. That being said, I have had my guns “laying around” my home for more than 20 years and each one of them are loaded and most have a round chambered. I have raised 4 children during that time and each one of them has been taught firearm safety, none of them have accidentally discharged a single weapon in my home. Now is it because I’m lucky? NO! There is no such thing as luck. There is trained and untrained. I was trained how to handle a weapon long before the Navy taught me, or my friends. I have taught my children how to safely and correctly handle all weapons, firearms included, since they were very young. just my $.02.

    • Amy

      They were probably just playing around – not something you should ever do with a firearm. Sad because it was preventable.

  • Randy Ferguson

    Terrible accident. I had the pleasure of representing him in a truck accident ten years ago. He was injured very bad in that accident. Great young man and great family. We are praying for his family.

  • FAMILY

    THERE ARE THOSE WHO SPECULATE IN LIFE & THOSE WHO KNOW…TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT ALTHOUGH IT IS UNFATHOMABLE, IT WAS TRULY AN ACCIDENT! I DON’T SUPPORT WRONG DOING, NOR DO I SUPPORT ASSUMING SPECULATORS!!! THERE WERE NO GUNS “JUST” LAYING AROUND NOR WAS THERE ANYONE PLAYING WITH GUNS!!! KEDRICK WAS & ALWAYS WILL BE LOVED…THERE IS NO HATRED TOWARDS THE IGNORANT/ILL-MANNERED ONES WHO CHOOSE TO POST NEGATIVELY JUST TO GET A RISE OUT OF SOMEONE OR CHOOSE TO SPEAK JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A RIGHT!!! BUT I PROMISE YOU THAT IT MAKES MORE SENSE TO USE YOUR RIGHT WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT!!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU TOO

  • just sayn

    Per Decatur Daily she knew the gun was faulty. Why would she attempt to hug a teenager with a loaded faulty gun that supposedly she knew would go off for no reason. As an adult, I would think she would know better.

  • DecaturMan

    Prayers for the family but there should be alot of questions for the family to answer! The step mom said the gun had misfired a few times before. Why would the gun be handle with no caution around a teenager? I dont know the truth but the step mom version of the shooting sounds like she is trying to cover something up….. Common sense would be to get rid of a faulty gun and it misfired minutes before she made it in the house……Its alot more to this story and hopefully the grand jury will see right thru her version

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