Woman questioned in shooting death in Gamewell

Jul. 03, 2013 @ 11:42 AM

Update: The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office has not released the name of the shooting victim, but Wednesday morning the News-Topic confirmed his identity as Steve Patterson.

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A woman was being questioned Tuesday in the death of a man who was shot Tuesday morning at a house on Hawksbill Court in Gamewell got into his Ford Explorer and drove away, then went off the road and wrecked shortly before 10 a.m.

He was still alive when investigators arrived but died later at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office did not release the man's name Tuesday.

Gamewell Fire and Rescue received a report about a one-vehicle wreck on Miller Hill Road about 9:50 a.m. and found a man slumped over in the driver's seat of a Ford Explorer that had run off the northbound lane of the road and gone into a ditch. He was bleeding from a gunshot wound. A large amount of blood later was visible below the vehicle's door and on the ground.

Investigators believe the man was shot at a home at 2491 Hawksbill Court in the Gamewell community. A woman living at the residence, whose name also was not released, was being questioned.

The house on Hawksbill Court is not far from where the Explorer went off the road. The owner of the house, who declined to give his name, said that a woman rented the house, and the shooting victim, whom he knew only as Steve, had been staying there. He said he had not had any problems with either of them in the two years he's owned the house. The landlord declined to identify the woman.

Reba Hartzog, who lives across the street from the double-wide mobile home, said she heard a gunshot about 9:30 a.m. and went outside to investigate.

"It sounded lke a .22-caliber gun, or a pistol," Hartzog said. "About 15 minutes later, I saw a bunch of cops out there."

Sharon Pittman, who also lives nearby, said that when she heard that something had happened in the white double-wide near the end of Hawksbill Court, she decided to see what the commotion was about. A couple of times before she had met the man, whom she knew as Steve, and she said he was a nice guy.

The shooting has left her and her two children -- Matthew, 10, and Victoria Effler, 8 -- nervous.

"I would like to know exactly what happened," she said. "There are plnty of parents with children out here. My daughter says now she doesn't even want to come out and play."