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Mother shot; son, girlfriend charged

A 17-year-old Catawba County male and his 16-year-old girlfriend are charged with attempted murder after the 17-year-old’s mother was shot Wednesday at her home, authorities say.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office says Daniel Rhoney and Elizabeth Fowler were jailed in connection with the shooting of Sherri Rhoney.

Investigators say a sheriff’s deputy noticed a woman lying in the grass about 11:30 a.m. in front of a residence in the 6500 block of Old Shelby Road, near Vale in the southwest part of the county. When the deputy checked the woman, he discovered she was bloody and had been shot in the head, according to authorities.

Daniel Rhoney and Fowler, whose listed address is with Rhoney’s mother at the Old Shelby Road residence, were inside the home at the time. Investigators say they originally said they did not know what had happened to Sherri Rhoney, but authorities say Daniel Rhoney later said he had fired the shot.

Investigators say they think the shooting resulted from an argument.

Rhoney was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center with what deputies say were life-threatening injuries.

Daniel Rhoney is jailed under $1 million bond, and Fowler is being held under $500,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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