A woman is fighting for her life Wednesday after police said she was shot in the head. Her teenage son and his girlfriend have been charged with attempted murder.
The couple told Eyewitness News they had no idea what happened to Sherri Rhoney at her home in Cooksville. Police executed a search warrant, and said they are searching for the gun used in the shooting.
The shooting happened on Old Shelby Road in western Catawba County.
The couple spoke to Eyewitness News earlier Wednesday. Rhoney's 17-year-old son, Daniel, and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Fowler, 16, fought back tears as they described finding Rhoney with serious injuries lying in her driveway.
"She's a very helpful woman. I'm seven months pregnant and she has done everything for me and my child. I can't believe somebody would hurt her," Fowler said.
Investigators said they believe the couple's version of events is a lie. They said there was an argument between Fowler and Rhoney that led to the shooting.
Deputies caught a break when an off-duty deputy from Lincoln County happened to be driving by.
He saw something that didn't look right and stopped.
Before Fowler's arrest, she said, “It scared me to death and we got out and tried to help her and I didn't know what to do."
When asked if she knew what happened, she said no and Rhoney just had blood all over her.
"They lied to you," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. "No doubt in my mind about that."
Rhoney was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center. The sheriff said she woke up briefly at the hospital and told deputies what happened.
Channel 9 watched Wednesday night as investigators remove several weapons from the home. They believe they have recovered the gun used in the shooting. Daniel Rhoney is being held under $1 million bond and Fowler under $500,000.