Decatur Teen Dies of Gunshot Wound, Police Continue Investigation


Kedrick Bowman

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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.

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