CONCORD, N.C. — Concord police said they've charged a man with shooting former University of South Carolina quarterback Anthony Wright.
Police said 46-year-old William “Willie” Moses Hooker Jr. was arrested Wednesday in Graham, North Carolina.
Authorities said Hooker showed up to drop off his 6-year-old daughter at her mother's home on Middlecrest Drive NW Monday afternoon and got into a fight with Wright.
Police said Hooker shot Wright several times and took off.
"There were five shots,” a neighbor said. “At first, I thought it was fireworks or something.”
Wright was rushed into emergency surgery at the hospital and is stable, officials said.
The 6-year-old, who was in the car at the time, ran to her mother when the shooting was over. She was not hurt.
Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt later confirmed that the victim was the same Anthony Wright who spent eight seasons in the NFL.
Channel 9 crews could see crime scene tape and evidence markers littering the ground at the Skybrook development. The shooting happened near the community pool. Witnesses said everyone jumped out of the water and hid in a bathroom when they heard the shots.
"I knew something was wrong,” a neighbor said. “I heard everybody screaming. I saw people at the pool running. One lady jumped in the pool to get her kid.”
Wright, who played collegiately at the University of South Carolina, spent eight years in the NFL with five teams. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants during his final healthy season in the league.
Police said Hooker is charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He has been released on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to be in court on July 8 in Cabarrus County.
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