Woman charged with attempted murder in boy's shooting

Woman charged with attempted murder in boy's shooting

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on March 9, 2010 at 7:08 PM

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.C. -- A woman accused of shooting an 11-year-old boy is now charged with attempted murder.

A judge set Patti Campbell's bond at $2 million during a hearing Tuesday.

She is also charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon because police say she shot at the boy's older brother and missed.

People on the quiet Mount Pleasant street where the shootings happened say they don't understand why Campbell would shoot the boy.

"It's surprising. You don't know what to think," said Chris Triplett.

Police say they are also confused by the incident. They say 48-year-old Campbell pulled up to a house last Friday and shot an 11-year-old and then shot at his 15-year-old brother.

Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley said, "We're still trying to put all the pieces together to try and determine exactly what was going on in the lady's mind."

The sheriff says it's clear something wasn't right.

"We have every reason in the world to believe there was some mind-altering drug, alcohol or something," Riley said.

He also admits investigators have no idea why she fired at the two boys.

Neighbors say the boy's mother wrestled the gun out of Campbell's hands to stop her from shooting again.

The 11-year-old is being treated at a Charlotte hospital and is expected to be OK.

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