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article imageTeenage prank lands boy, 15, in critical condition

By Greta McClain     Oct 15, 2012 in Crime
Tuscumbia - An Alabama teen remains in critical condition in an Alabama hospital after a friend shot him in the head during a "prank".

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Jesse Rainey, a 15-year-old from Tuscumbia, AL, was shot in the head at around 3:30 a.m on Saturday. According to FOX40, Rainey and seven other teenage boys were staying in an empty house which belonged to the grandmother of one of the boys. Some of the boys decided to play a prank, switching off the electrical box so the house would go dark. Rainey hid in a closet and when one of the boys opened the door, Rainey jumped out. Believing that it was a home invasion, another boy fired a .38 caliber revolver, striking Rainey in the head according to WAAY.
Colbert County authorities received a 911 call about the shooting. As officers were responding, they found the address given was not on their in car GPS. Several of the boys loaded Rainey in the bed of a pickup truck and drove to the closest store where they were met by an ambulance.
Rainey was transported by air to the University of Alabama Birmingham Children's Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May told AL.com they have determined no drugs or alcohol were involved in the shooting. The boys did bring "several long guns and handguns" with them to the house however.
May also told WSFA "We've got to rely on what the young men are saying. I think they're all being very straightforward on what occurred, and I see it as something went tragically wrong with the whole situation."
According to WHNT, the Colbert County District Attorney plans to send the case to the grand jury to determine if charges will be filed.
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