Teen assaulted in Sylacauga, airlifted to UAB Hospital

A Sylacauga teen is in critical condition following an assault that police are now investigating. (Photo courtesy of Brandi Allen)

The Sylacauga Police Department is investigating the assault of a 17-year-old, Sylacauga High School student, who was attacked by multiple suspects around 10 p.m last night near the Old Ace Hardware parking lot.

Once police arrived on scene they found the male victim bleeding from his head. According to authorities the victim was transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center, and later transported to UAB by life saver helicopter.

Police say the teen is currently listed in critical condition with head injuries received during the assault.

Sylacauga police asks for anyone with information regarding the incident contact them at (256) 401-2450.

Police confirm there have been race related issues within the high school recently and believe it's possible that this assault was related to issues seen in the school system.

Police say they have no reason to believe the Black Lives Matter movement was involved regarding this assault.

Chief Kelley Johnson of the Sylacauga Police Department issued the following statement in a news release:

There are many rumors afloat on social media that this incident may be stemming from an incident at SHS. This is at this time only rumors. It is however a part of the investigation. SPD is asking that the community allow us to do our jobs and not jump to conclusions about why this incident happened. SPD is praying for the victim and his family and also for our Community. I believe I speak for everybody when I say “the violence needs to stop, whether it is from the incident at the high school or for any other reason.
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