Crime

Brother-in-law accused in Waxhaw shooting

Shannon Neil Painter
Shannon Neil Painter Union County Sheriff’s Office

A Waxhaw man has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of his brother-in-law while the victim was asleep in bed Monday afternoon, Union County sheriff’s investigators said.

The victim, James Arnold Hunt, 41, ran to a neighbor’s home in the 3200 block of Collins Road and collapsed. He was shot in his face and lower back with a sawed-off shotgun and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte in critical condition, investigators said.

Hunt’s brother-in-law, Shannon Neil Painter, 31, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Investigators stopped Painter’s van as it drove across a field near the shooting, and Painter surrendered without incident. Painter also lives on Collins Road.

Investigators retrieved the shotgun in a creek bed about a mile from the shooting. Collins Road is off Waxhaw Highway.

The shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute, the sheriff’s office said.

Painter was jailed on $150,000 bail. His first court appearance is Aug. 11.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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