I work in this city and live 'bout 25 min. from there. Here's the news clipping:
Late-night card game ends in shooting
BY JOSH YODER
Record Staff Writer
Sunday, May 14, 2006
HICKORY -- One man was seriously injured in a shooting early Saturday.
Carl Edward Merritt, 66, was shot twice in the abdomen during an attempted robbery at the home of his friend, James Edward Farrer, Hickory police said.
Police Lt. Gary Lee gave the following account of the shooting:
About 3 a.m., Merritt, Farrer and two friends were playing cards in a storage building behind Farrerís residence on Ninth Avenue Drive, SE, when three masked men entered and demanded money.
One of the men then pulled out a gun and fired several times, hitting Merritt. Merritt, who was also armed, fired back, possibly hitting one of the suspects. The attackers fled.
Merritt was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. He remained in the hospital Saturday afternoon in fair condition.
Also on Saturday afternoon, investigators questioned a man who was treated for a gunshot wound at an Iredell County hospital, Lee said. No arrests had been made as of press time. Police continue to investigate.
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Jeeze. Four older dudes playing poker out in the workshop gets held up. Is this just a "sign 'o the times" or are home games becoming targets? Or both?