UPDATE: 12-year-old Abilene shooting victim still critical, accused gunman in jail

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ABILENE, Texas - Police have arrested a man they said shot two children in north Abilene Monday in what could have been a drug deal gone bad.

Christopher Mack, 21, was arrested just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree felony injury to a child. He is being held on $300,000 bond.

Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Abilene police received a 911 call from passengers in a vehicle heading to Hendrick Medical Center. They were with two young boys who they said had been shot. According to police, the car had just left a home on North 9th Street.

"There was a narcotics transaction that took place, The vehicle in question was occupied by family members of these two children," Sgt. Lynn Beard said. "Something obviously went terribly wrong. Shots were fired at the vehicle as it was leaving the scene."

The 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries and was treated and released to Child Protective Services Monday night. The 12-year-old boy, who was shot in the head, was transported to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.

"While we certainly hold out hope for the best, the prognosis for that young man is not good," Beard said.

Around 11 p.m. Monday, SWAT teams went into the house believed to be connected to the drug deal in the 5300 block of North 9th Street to look for the alleged shooter. He wasn't there, but at 3 a.m., police found Mack two-and-a-half blocks away on Whittier Street. They said he cooperated with the arrest.

The SWAT team declined to disclose what they found inside the house, but they did recover a gun from the crime scene.

At this time, police aren't releasing information regarding the adult passengers' specific relationship to the children or why the children were at the drug deal.