Hickory man charged with gun crime

06/13/2014 9:55 PM

06/13/2014 9:56 PM

A Hickory man was arrested Thursday after Newton police said he improperly sold a firearm to a convicted felon who later shot an 8-year-old in the hand before turning the gun on himself.

Joshua Ervin Watts, 24, was charged for selling a firearm without obtaining a permit, a violation of state gun laws, Newton police said Friday.

The charge against Watts stems from a May 23 shooting on North Ervin Avenue in Newton, police said.

Christopher Shawn Davis, 27, of Gastonia, got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend at her Ervin Avenue home and began firing a pistol, according to witness reports.

It was unclear whether Davis was aiming for the home or firing randomly, police said, but an 8-year-old boy who was standing at his bedroom window was shot in the hand.

Davis then shot himself, police said, and died several days later.

Officials said that Davis bought the firearm used on May 23 from Watts the day before.

Watts turned himself into police at the Catawba County Detention Center in Newton and was placed under a $500 unsecured bond.

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

Charlotte Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service