Tracy City, Tennessee, authorities investigate Sunday shooting of boy

The police chief in Tracy City, Tennessee, confirmed authorities are investigating the Sunday shooting of a boy who remains in a Chattanooga hospital after undergoing surgery Tuesday.

"It's still a very active investigation, and we don't have anything we can release," Tracy City Police Chief Charlie Wilder said Tuesday in a phone interview. Wilder said he'd discussed the case with 12th Judicial District Attorney General Courtney Lynch on Tuesday but couldn't elaborate on details.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has not been asked to assist in the case, according to agency spokeswoman Susan Niland. Grundy County Sheriff Heath Gunter also deferred to Lynch and Wilder.

The latest report on the boy who was shot was better news, Wilder said.

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"I spoke with the father, and I think they're going to do some surgery on him today, but the prognosis is much brighter than it was Sunday," Wilder said. He declined to release the type of weapon involved in the shooting.

Lynch said she could only confirm that two boys were involved and could not talk about the relationship between the boys or how they came to be together on Sunday.

"It is very early in the investigation," Lynch said Tuesday in an email. "While we are being briefed by law enforcement and the Department of Children's Service regularly, my office will not make any decisions until the investigation is complete."

Lynch said she is still awaiting completed reports from investigators and children's services officials.

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