2 TEENS CHARGED AS ADULTS IN WEDNESDAY APARTMENT SHOOTING

MAY 12 UPDATE: The Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office says Michael James Hartley was arrested in Kemper County, Mississippi, Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said he was picked up when deputies responded to a trespassing complaint. He’s being held in the Kemper County Jail awaiting extradition to Alabama.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, after interviewing witnesses and surveillance video, investigators believe Hartley and William Antonio Alvarado met the victim to complete a drug transaction. Authorities said Alvarado shot the victim and fell to the ground outside the truck, which Hartley was driving, then Hartley ran over the victim as he and Alvarado fled.

The victim remains in critical condition at UAB Medical Center. Alvarado and Hartley are being charged with attempted murder as adults.  Alvarado bonded out of jail Thursday night.

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UPDATE: The Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit identified the second suspect in the shooting at the Grand at Rum Creek Apartments Wednesday evening.

William Antonio Alvarado, 17, of Buhl, was arrested this afternoon in connection with the shooting.

He’s been charged with attempted murder, and is being booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $60,000 bond.

James Michael Hartley, also 17, is still at large.


UPDATE: Trusted sources revealed to WVUA 23 that James Michael Hartley is the son of convicted murderer Tracey Grissom.

Grissom was conviced in 2014 for killing her ex-husband, Hunter Grissom, on a dock at Lake Tuscaloosa in 2012. She’s serving a 25-year prison sentence.


The Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Department needs your help finding a teen accused of shooting an 18-year-old at Grand at Rum Creek Apartments Wednesday evening.

The victim is still in critical condition at UAB Hospital.

Authorities said they have an attempted murder warrant out for the arrest of James Michael Hartley, 17, and said another suspect is in custody at this time.


Investigators are searching for a suspect after a shooting at the Grand at Rum Creek Apartments in Tuscaloosa.

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Kauloosa Avenue and Highway 69.

Investigators said one person was shot, but they have not released the victim’s identity.

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