Sheriff: Shooting appears an accident


From staff reports

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Pasquotank County man shot at his home early Saturday was in critical condition Wednesday at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, according to a Sentara spokeswoman.

Thomas Wilson Williams IV, 43, of Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, was shot by his girlfriend with a shotgun around 12:25 a.m. Saturday, according to an incident report from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s office.

Pasquotank Sheriff Randy Cartwright said Wednesday that the shooting appears to have been accidental.

Witnesses said Williams’s girlfriend was returning the shotgun to a gun rack when it accidentally discharged, damaging a wall and causing several pellets to strike Williams, who was in an adjacent room, Cartwright said.

The Sheriff’s Office is hoping to talk to Williams before making a final determination in the case, Cartwright said.