Police: 2 teens in custody after critically wounding other teen at Tuscaloosa apartment complex during drug deal

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE MAY 12: Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide have released more information on Tuscaloosa apartment shooting investigation. According to Lt. Kip Hart, Hartley was taken into custody Thursday in Kemper County, Mississippi when he was picked up by deputies responding to a trespassing complaint. He’s currently in the Kemper County Jail awaiting extradition.

Hart says the two suspects, 17-year-old Hartley and 17-year-old William Alvarado were believed to be meeting the victim to complete a drug transaction. Hart says after interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage, investigators determined Alvarado shot the victim and fell to the ground outside the truck. Hartley was allegedly driving the getaway truck, and reportedly ran over the victim as they fled the scene.

The victim remains in critical condition at UAB Hospital.

UPDATE MAY 11: Police have captured the suspect in Wednesday’s Tuscaloosa apartment shooting, according to Gary Hood with Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide.

James Hartley was apprehended in Kemper County, MS. He was being sought on attempted murder charges.

ORIGINAL: Tuscaloosa Police are searching for a 17-year-old suspect in the Wednesday night shooting at the Grand at Rum Creek Apartments that left an 18 year old in critical condition.

Police said Thursday they obtained an attempted murder warrant for 17-year-old James Michael Hartley. They also said they have another suspect in custody as well.

The victim was shot in the torso and initially taken to DCH for treatment with life-threatening injuries. A short time later, he was airlifted to UAB for treatment and is still listed in critical condition.

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