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Lincoln Co. deputy stumbles upon shooting victim in Catawba Co.; victim’s son, girlfriend arrested

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A woman was rushed to a Charlotte hospital late Wednesday morning after an off-duty Lincoln County deputy spotted the victim bleeding from her head and lying in the grass at her Cooksville home, Catawba County deputies said.

The woman’s son and pregant girlfriend have each been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the incident, Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said.

Lincoln County Deputy Barry Holt spotted Sherri Rhoney just before 12 p.m. lying on the ground beside a truck parked at her residence, located at 6570 Old Shelby Road, Reid said.

The location is roughly 25 miles from the Lincoln-Catawba line.

While the teen suspects, Daniel Austin Rhoney, 17, of the same Shelby Road residence, and Elizabeth Paige Fowler, 16, of 6980 Misty Valley Lane in Vale, first told officers they, too, found the injured woman and didn’t know what had happened, they finally spoke out about an argument that took place earlier that day among the three individuals, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies are uncertain of specifics surrounding the argument but believe it pertained to the victim’s decision to kick her son out of the house.

Sherri Rhoney was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte with life-threatening injuries.

Reid said she remains in the hospital.

The suspects, however, remain behind bars, awaiting a first appearance on the felony charges on Friday.

Daniel Rhoney is being held under a $1,000,000 bond while Fowler is under a $500,000 bond.

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