Selma Shooting Spotlights Juvenile Violence and Guns


By George McDonald

From the CBS 8 West Alabama Newsroom--  Three people are facing first-assault charges in Selma after being arrested for allegedly shooting a sixteen year old juvenile in the arm.

Selma Police Chief William Riley says twenty year old Jakaira Smitherman-- seventeen year old Clarence Brown-- and fifteen year old are charged in the shooting.

Riley says the juvenile was walking home from school with a group of students last week-- when the suspects drove up and opened fire.
He says the shooting is also connected to an incident at Selma High School the next day-- where a gun was found on campus and the school was briefly put on lock down.

"One of the juveniles inside of the school that was connected with bringing this weapon onto school property was also with the victim from the shooting on December 19th," said Riley.

Riley says all three shooting suspects are charged with first-degree assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied car. He says bond for Smitherman and Brown has been set at 510-thousand dollars each.

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