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Mobile woman shot as great-grandchildren watch

MOBILE (AP) — A woman was shot on her porch as her great-grandchildren looked on and two groups of youths, apparently wearing school uniforms, exchanged gunfire.

Katie Brooks, 79, said she had stepped onto her porch to tell the teenagers to leave, but one
of them had a gun and cursed her.

Then she turned to get her 13-year-old great-grandson to go inside.

"That's when he shot me," she said Sunday from her hospital bed, where she was recovering from a gunshot to her right arm.

Officer John Young, a police spokesman, said the two groups had been involved in an argument that had escalated to gunfire.

They continued firing at each other after Brooks was shot Friday afternoon.

He said 19 casings from three different caliber handguns were recovered from the area around Brooks' home.

There were no immediate arrests.

Police said the suspected shooter was wearing a red shirt and khaki pants and that the teens appeared to be in school uniforms.

Brooks's relatives told the Press-Register in a story Monday that the two opposing groups are rival gangs from Crichton and Toulminville.

Some attend LeFlore High School, Booker T. Washington Middle School and Scarborough Middle School.

"It's just neighborhood versus neighborhood," said Nicklaus Richardson, 27, a grandson of Brooks.

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