Man sought for shooting Laclede Co teen

Shooting suspect Rodney Welch Jr, 19, is a former Lebanon resident. Law enforcement are still looking for him.

Anyone with information on Welch's whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 532-2311.

This photo of Welch was taken in 2016. It is from his Facebook page.

One person is now charged with shooting a Lebanon teen. 

Deputies are searching for Rodney Welch, Jr., 19, a former resident of Lebanon.  He's been charged with assault with serious injuries and armed criminal action.  

The shooting happened yesterday at the home of Noah Houston, 19.  Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap says Welch allegedly shot Houston once in the mid section with a handgun.  He's currently listed in stable condition at a Springfield hospital.

Although Millsap is hesitant to release a motive this early in the investigation, he did indicate drugs may have played a part.

"Robberies like this tend to have a nexus regarding drug activity.  When you're investigating these particular types of robberies, we always look at that as a possible motive."

The victim is currently serving supervised probation for a weapons and drug offense while the alleged shooter is on probation for burglary.