Police: Suspect in shooting in critical condition, child released from hospital

Officers with the Newton Police Department said a shooting suspect in a Friday afternoon incident is in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center.

An elementary aged child who was shot in the hand during the shooting was released from Catawba Valley Medical Center around 8:30 p.m. Friday night.

The child now at home recovering with his family.

Police said they found 27-year-old Christopher Shawn Davis lying face down suffering from a gunshot wound just before 5:30 p.m. at a home on Ervin Avenue.

Witnesses told police Davis got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend at her residence on Ervin Avenue. Police said Davis allegedly pulled out a pistol and began firing at the home.

Police said it is unclear at this time if the Davis was intentionally trying to hurt someone or just firing shots randomly.

A child was shot in the hand while standing in his bedroom.

Police said after shooting, Davis turned the gun on himself.

Davis was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center then taken by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center.

Police believe this case is domestic related.

Davis is not able to communicate at this time so he has not been available for questioning by investigators according to Newton Police officers.

He currently has family with him at the hospital.

Newton police, with assistance from the Catawba County Department of Social Services, are continuing to conduct interviews with family members and witnesses.

Police said no charges have been filed at this time.

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