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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — One teenager is dead after a shooting early Sunday morning, according to the Decatur Police Department.

When officers arrived at the scene on the 1200-block of Pennylane around 6:45 a.m., they found a 14-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound.

He was taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital for treatment but died from his injuries later that morning.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene to conduct a full investigation.

Through that investigation, they found that another 14-year-old had been asked to meet two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old at 21st Avenue SE in an attempt to rob him.

They found that the teen who was asked to meet them was armed with a pistol.

While the group was meeting, police say, a fifth juvenile, the 14-year-old who was killed, showed up with a gun and attempted to rob the teen who was asked to meet up with the original three.

The teen pulled his weapon to defend himself and shot the fifth person, according to the Decatur Police Department.

Police say three juveniles involved were charged with murder and robbery. They were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Tuscumbia, with additional charges pending.

According to authorities, the 14-year-old who was robbed and then shot the 14-year-old offender has been charged with Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol due to the fact he is underage.

He was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Cullman.

Due to their ages, authorities say their identities will not be released.

Decatur City Schools officials confirm that the 14-year-old was a student at Austin Junior High School. Grief counselors will be made available to the students when they return to school on October 12.

Later Monday night, Decatur Police released information to provide a better understanding for the three juveniles charged with robbery.

They say according to the Code of Alabama, a person is “legally accountable for the behavior of another constituting a criminal offense if, with the intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense” if:

  • They procure, induce, or cause another person to commit an offense
  • They aid or abet another person committing an offense
  • They have a legal duty to prevent the committing of the offense or fails to make an effort they are required to make

Police also provided the provision concerning a murder in the State of Alabama. The law lists multiple crimes that could lead to a murder charge if they cause a death, including the crime of robbery in any degree.