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Police clarify circumstances of shooting at party

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer
Police have shed additional light on details regarding a shooting earlier this month at a child’s birthday party in Lincolnton.
The Times-News reported last week that Lance Scott Tuno, 26, of 1496 Tin Lane in Lincolnton, allegedly shot a man in the abdomen during a dispute July 1 at a residence on Jack’s Trail.
While an initial article implied that the shooting stemmed from an altercation between the suspect and victim, Charles Philip Fowler Jr., further talks with Lincolnton Police detectives this week clarified the details of what actually took place at the party.
Tuno had driven his friend Hannah Fowler to the residence that day to pickup her son, witnesses told police. The son’s father, John Johnson, lived at the home, police said.
Shortly after the woman and Johnson became engaged in a heated discussion, the woman tried to get back into the vehicle, but Johnson pulled her from the car in order to get to Tuno, detectives told the Times-News.
Johnson screamed out to partygoers after Tuno allegedly pulled a handgun on him.
After Tuno refused to hand Charlie Fowler the gun, the two men fought to gain control of the weapon, police said. During the struggle, Tuno allegedly shot Charlie Fowler in the stomach.
The suspect proved cooperative and was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury, police said.
Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte where he underwent surgery for his injuries.
Tuno has since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $50,000 secured bond.
No relation exists between Hannah Fowler and the victim, detectives said.

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