COTTONWOOD, Ala (WDHN)— A lawsuit has been filed in the case of a 2021 Cottonwood shooting, where a young man was shot, leaving him with permanent damage.

Jonathon Tyler Welch has filed a lawsuit claiming that Savanah Rickrode allowed David Townsend into her home, knowing Townsend had been drinking and was armed with a gun. As a result of Townsend entering the home in that state, Welch suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face.

According to police, Townsend, 20 years old at the time, shot Welch, 19 years old at the time, in the face.

Townsend was charged with first-degree assault.

Defendant Savanah Rickrode knew or should have known the danger allowing an adult under the age of twenty-one to enter said premises with alcohol and a firearm.

2022 Lawsuit Filed by Welch

According to the lawsuit, Welch suffered multiple medical and emotional damages such as traumatic brain injury, skull fractures, anxiety, emotional anguish, and more.

The lawsuit names David Townsend, Savanah Rickrode, James Rickrode, and Bobby Rickrode as defendants. It states James Rickrode and Bobby Rickrode are occupants and owners of the premises where the shooting occurred.

In the lawsuit, Welch demands an award of compensatory damages, economic damages, and costs as the court and/or jury may assess.

2021 Houston County Jail mugshot- David Raul Townsend