Decatur, ALA. (WHNT) - WHNT NEWS 19 has learned a 15-year-old charged with a shooting on July 28th that left a 16-year-old girl in critical condition is an Austin High School student.
He remains in police custody, while police continue investigating the incident that happened on Marion Street in Decatur.
A department spokesman said an informant lead investigators to the backwaters of the Tennessee River Wednesday afternoon to go looking for a gun that may have been used in the shooting.
Meanwhile, the 16-year-old girl who was shot struggles to recover in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville Hospital.
"At the time of the shooting, the victim was transported by Medflight to Huntsville Hospital," said Lt. John Crouch. "At the time she was listed in critical condition and as of last report she is still listed in very critical condition."
Crouch says investigators are not releasing the name of the victim, but now say she is from Decatur.
Crouch said investigators were given bad information early in the case that she was visiting from Florida.
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy days after the shooting and charged him with first degree assault for firing the gun.
"It's very possible they were acquaintances," said Crouch of the relationship between the teenagers. He declined to elaborate about that or the motive of the shooting, since investigators are still working the case.
"Our investigators have a very strong case," said Crouch.
Divers recovered three guns Wednesday afternoon. Crouch said investigators say one of them was connected to the Marion Street shooting, police have developed information about a second one but it is not connected to the Marion Street shooting. Investigators are doing background, ballistics and forensic tests on the third gun.