Police Still Searching for Motive Behind Ozark Shooting

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey says a 12-year-old is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in the mouth.

Chief Spivey says he his amazed the victim is still alive.

Police arrived at the Briar-Hill Court area in Ozark just before 9 o'clock last night.

Police say a 12-year-old boy was shot in the mouth with a small caliber handgun by a 15-year-old.

The 15-year-old was arrested and charged with attempted murder and possession of marijuana.

He was released to the Alabama Department of Youth Services and placed in the Southeast Alabama Diversion Center.

The victim was taken to the Dale Medical Center, police say his injuries were not life threatening,

Chief Spivey says it is unsettling children this young got their hands on a gun.

"It is very disturbing that you have people of this age and they are children they are absolutely children that would resort to this type of violence," said Chief Spivey.

Chief Spivey says the Dale County District Attorney may try the 15-year-old as an adult.

Police are still looking for the weapon involved in the shooting.

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