Police in North Carolina said former University of South Carolina quarterback Anthony Wright is recovering in the hospital after being shot in a domestic dispute.
Photo: Andy Lyons/Allsport via Getty Images
Photo: Andy Lyons/Allsport via Getty Images

Man charged with shooting former NFL quarterback Anthony Wright

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Update 3:30 p.m. EDT July 3: Concord police said Wednesday that 46-year-old William “Willie” Moses Hooker Jr. was arrested in Graham, North Carolina, and charged with shooting Wright.

Authorities said Hooker showed up to drop off his 6-year-old daughter at her mother's home Monday afternoon when he and Wright got into a fight. Police said Hooker shot Wright several times and took off.

Hooker was charged Wednesday with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Original report: Concord police officers said they’re searching for 46-year-old William “Willie” Moses Hooker Jr. after the shooting.

Authorities said Hooker dropped off his 6-year-old daughter at her mother's home just before 1 p.m. and got into a fight with Wright.

Police said Hooker shot Wright several times and took off.

Wright was rushed into emergency surgery at the hospital and is stable, officials said.

The 6-year-old, who was in the car at the time, ran to her mother when the shooting was over. She was not hurt.

Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt later confirmed that the victim was the same Anthony Wright who spent eight seasons in the NFL.

WSOC-TV crews could see crime scene tape and evidence markers littering the ground at the Skybrook development. The shooting happened near the community pool. Witnesses said everyone jumped out of the water and hid in a bathroom when they heard the shots.

Wright, who played at the University of South Carolina, spent eight years in the NFL with five teams. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants during his final healthy season in the league.

Police said Hooker is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Anyone with information on Hooker's whereabouts is asked to call police at 704-920-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 704-93CRIME.

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