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Man shoots uncle

May 11, 2011

Harry Alexander, left, is escorted
to a police car after a domestic dispute
Wednesday that ended with his uncle,
Michael Hughes, shot.

A man was shot in his side Wednesday after a domestic argument escalated at a home near the Burke County line in Hickory.
Harry Alexander, 37, of 7539 R.H. Road, shot his uncle in his side with a .22-caliber pistol after the two engaged in a fight that started inside Alexander's residence. The fight ended on Alexander's front lawn, said officers on the scene.
Michael Hughes was incoherent and in stable condition when he left the scene by ambulance, said Capt. Joel Fish, of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Hughes was living with Alexander at the residence, Fish said.
"At this point, we don't know what the argument was about," Fish said.
Family members and the property's landlord were on the scene and said Hughes was trying to stab Alexander with a knife when Alexander then shot Hughes.
Fish confirmed that a knife was involved in the fight.
"He called me and said, 'I shot him with a .22,'" said Carl Van Engen, landlord of Alexander's property. "His uncle had a knife and was attacking (him) when Harry shot at him."
Hughes was shot through the front of his body, and the bullet then went through the back of his right side. Fish said it is unclear which angle Alexander shot from.
Before authorities arrived on the scene, Alexander called 9-1-1 and said he was being attacked and shot his uncle. The dispatch officer talked Alexander into putting the gun down before authorities arrived, Fish said.
After Hughes was taken to the hospital, Catawba County Sheriff's Officers arrested Alexander.
Cody Cook, of 7547 R.H. Road, said he does not see Alexander often.
"I've seen him once or twice, but I've never spoken to him," Cook said. "This is unusual, and there isn't never really anything going on around here really."

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