According to Sgt. Dale Phillips, Jalen Burns was handling a firearm in a "reckless manor" when the gun discharged, hitting his 16-year-old brother in the abdomen on July 15. Burns, who originally told investigators that his brother accidentally shot himself, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree domestic violence assault. He is currently being held in the county jail on a $10,000 bond.
The teen shooting victim was rushed to DCH Regional Medical Center by Burns after the shooting and later taken to Children's of Alabama in Birmingham for further treatment.