Suspect wanted for shooting 5-year-old in head now in custody

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) —

5/30 UPDATE:

Brandon Hurst is now in custody, according to Tuscaloosa Violent Crime investigators. 

Hurst has been charged with Attempted Murder, Assault 2, Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Shooting into and Unoccupied Vehicle, Shooting into an Unoccupied Dwelling and Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol, according to a release from Tuscaloosa Violent Crime. 

The suspect was transported to Tuscaloosa County Jail where he is being held on a $150,000 bond. Hurst has also been served probation revocations from several previous robbery convictions which had no bonds, according to the release.

ORIGINAL: 

Tuscaloosa Police are searching for a suspect who they say shot a 5-year-old girl in the head and a 41-year-old man.

The 5-year-old girl was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The male victim is in stable condition.

Captain Kip Hart from the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit says the shooting happened around 9 p.m. Saturday night in the 2600 block of 25th Street.  

“When they arrived on scene they found a male on the ground had been shot, numerous times and they were advised there was a 5-year-old female inside one of the residences that had been hit.  Both were taken to the hospital for treatment for life-threatening injuries,” Cpt. Hart said.

Investigators say there was an argument at a house party that escalated.  The suspect was asked to leave then pulled a gun and started shooting, hitting a 41-year-old man several times.  The 5-year-old girl was hit by gunfire inside a house next door after a bullet entered her residence and struck her.

“It’s our understanding there was a party at one of the residences here, an argument started in the street,” Hart explained.

Tuscaloosa Police have identified 24-year-old Brandon Hurst as the suspect and obtained warrants for attempted murder, assault 1, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and unoccupied vehicle. Police say investigators have heard Hurst did not act alone and have developed names of other potential suspects.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about the shootings or the whereabouts of Hurst to contact Law Enforcement or CrimeStoppers at (205) 752-7867 (STOP).

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