Shooting Victim In Critical Condition

A Pascagoula teen is in critical condition after being shot Sunday evening.

15 year old Robert Modica was shot once in the head by an unidentified man in the parking lot of a church off Martin Street in Pascagoula. Detective Paul Leonard with the Pascagoula Police Department says Modica was out riding around with some friends Sunday evening when they pulled into a parking lot to work on their stereo.

"As they're parked there, a car screams into the parking lot, turns real quick, pulls up along side and a white male fires one shot striking mister Modica in the head," said Leonard.

Modica was initially taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula. He was then flown to the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he is being held in critical condition.

The shooter was last seen as he fled the scene driving South on Martin Street in a green compact car. Witnesses described the man as a white male in his early twenties with dark hair and a goatee. He is said to be about five foot nine inches tall and believed to weigh approximately 175 pounds.

"At this time we do not know who the shooter is," says Leonard. "We're following up on numerous leads provided by people at the scene. We do not have a suspect in custody at this time, but we hope to in a short period of time."

Police are still trying to figure out if the person who shot Modica knew him, or if this was a random act. People who live in the nearby neighborhood say news of the shooting sent fear throughout the community.

"I'm quite concerned there's something like that going on in this neighborhood," said long time resident Melvin Heart. "I mean, I'm hoping it's not a random act. It's a sad situation in any case, but if it's random, it draws even more concern."

Police hope to put those concerns to rest soon by finding the shooter and putting him behind bars.