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Teen 'prank' shooting to be presented to grand jury

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Jesse Rainey was shot on Jones Road in Colbert County. Jesse Rainey was shot on Jones Road in Colbert County.
COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The weekend Colbert County shooting that left a teen hospitalized will be presented to the next available grand jury.

Investigators traveled to Children's Hospital Monday to talk to the family of a teen left fighting for his life after a weekend shooting.

Investigators said 15-year-old Jesse Rainey was shot in the head during a prank between friends. It all happened at a home in the Crooked Oak community of Tuscumbia.

So far, charges haven't been filed in the case, but the grand jury will decide if anyone will be indicted. Sheriff Ronnie May said his investigators met with the district attorney Monday morning to discuss the findings. The sheriff said they believe the shooting was a result of a prank that went horribly wrong.

Investigators said Rainey and eight other teenage boys were spending the night at a home on Jones Road. Around 3:30 Saturday morning, they said some of the boys decided to prank the rest of the group, and made it seem as if an intruder had gotten inside the home.

Investigators said the lights were out when Rainey opened a closet inside the home. That's the teen inside the closet dropped some items and a shot was fired, hitting Rainey in the head.

The teens loaded Rainey in the back of a pick-up truck and drove him to the parking lot of a nearby store where they met with emergency crews and deputies.

"We've got to rely on what the young men are saying," said May. "I think they're all being very straightforward on what occurred, and I see it as something went tragically wrong with the whole situation."

Rainey is a sophomore at Colbert Heights. Counselors are available on campus for students who want to talk about the incident.

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