Richard Fredrick Bliss Jr., 53, and Richard Fredrick Bliss III, 19, have each been charged with one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle, Watson said. Bond was set at $10,000 each by Talladega County Circuit Judge Julian King. Both men were arrested without incident at 9:49 a.m. Thursday.
The victim, Scott Ray Brown, 46, remains at University Hospital in Birmingham, where he is being treated for a single gunshot wound to his upper torso, Watson said. Information on Brown’s condition was not available Thursday.
Investigators said they believe Brown and two younger people were on Whiting Road, where the shooting occurred, in a white Mazda intending to steal copper wire from the Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative substation. The Blisses allegedly fired one shot each into the vehicle, one using a rifle and the other a handgun. Both weapons have been recovered.
No copper appears to have been stolen from the substation.
Watson declined to comment on which man had actually hit Brown, pending completion of ballistics tests by state forensic examiners.
Both guns are in evidence.
Shooting into an occupied vehicle is a Class B felony under Alabama law. Conviction of a Class B felony involving a firearm carries a punishment of 10 to 20 years in prison.
Should Brown die as a result of his wound, shooting into an occupied vehicle is an aggravating circumstance necessary for charging capital murder. In this case, a conviction for capital murder would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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