Opelika teen recovers from gunshot wound

By Chris Vessell bio | email

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - An Opelika teenager is recovering in the hospital after being seriously hurt in a shooting on Tuesday. Police are treating the case as an attempted murder. People at the Ship and Copy Express in downtown Opelika were surprised, Tuesday when a teenager walked in saying he had been shot.

Police say the 19-year-old was shot sitting in the driver's seat of his car at a Trailor Park on South Long Street. "His passenger had got into an argument with a black male standing outside of his car. At some point during the argument, the black male produced a fire arm and shot the victim one time in the chest,"  said Captain Allan Elkins, Opelika Police Department.

The victim then drove to the Ship and Copy Express on 10th Street to ask for help.  "A gentleman came in saying call 911, please call 911, and my customer asked him why, and he said because I've been shot," Phil Ives, the owner of the business said. "I then called 911, and he said he was dizzy, and I said go and sit in the chair there," said Ives.

Police interviewed the victim briefly before he was sent to East Alabama Medical Center. "The victim was transported and treated for a single gunshot wound to the upper right portion of his chest," remarked Captain Elkins.

Opelika Police say the victim describes the suspect as a black male, wearing a camouflage toboggan or mask. Police would not comment on whether they have contacted the passenger in the victim's car. However, the car is in police custody.