A 24-year-old Harlem man who police say attempted to commit suicide Thursday night also accidentally shot his mother in the process.
Wade Pender and his mother, Teresa Ann Pender, 42, were rushed to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment. Wade Pender, who was airlifted to the hospital, had a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Teresa Pender was taken by ambulance with a wound to her hand.
Columbia County investigators examine the mobile home where officials say a man shot himself, injuring his mother in the process.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
According to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris, the incident occurred at 6:30 p.m. in Pine Needle Mobile Home trailer park on Giesela Drive in Harlem.
"Apparently the mother tried to stop him and was unsuccessful," he said.
Morris said Wade Pender shot himself in the abdomen with a small-caliber handgun because of an argument he had Thursday morning at his residence. The bullet exited and hit his mother in the arm. She had placed her arm behind her son's back at the time, Morris said.
Morris said no charges have been filed.
Linda Vaugh, who was at the scene Thursday night, said Wade Pender had been arguing with his girlfriend.
Vaugh had talked to his girlfriend on the phone on Thursday and said the couple got into a physical argument Thursday morning. Their 6-year-old child was at school at the time, Vaugh said.
Rick Adam, who lives down the street from where the incident occurred, said he saw Wade Pender walking on the front lawn of the trailer home, holding his stomach area, moments after the shooting. After walking about 20 yards from his front door, he was stopped by paramedics and loaded onto a stretcher, Adam said.
"I didn't hear a gunshot," Adam said. "I just came out and saw this."
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