2011-10-05 / For The Record

Shootout over $50

Woman wounded by stray bullet
By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

A shootout over a pair of speakers ended with a bullet wound for a Burke County woman.

Three people are charged with aggravated assault after a stray bullet punched through the side of a mobile home late Friday night and hit the 36-year-old victim just below the knee.

According to Sgt. Dedric Smith, an investigator for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the fight started when Augusta resident Holly Pryor, 33, and her boyfriend Ronald Summers, 27, went to a Bates Road home to collect a debt.

Pryor reportedly sold a set of speakers to her nephew, 26-yearold Wade Hampton Skinner Jr. and wanted him to either pay the $50 they’d agreed on or return her speakers.

“They said Skinner came out on the porch, pointed a gun and started shooting at them,” Sgt. Smith said.

The couple retreated to their car, got two guns and began firing back. Investigators say one of their bullets hit Skinner’s girlfriend, who was sitting inside and was completely uninvolved in the quarrel.

“We don’t know at this time which gun fired the bullet that hit her,” Sgt. Smith said, noting that 38-caliber and caliber-380 handguns were seized from the couple.

Pryor and Summers were arrested for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Skinner fled before deputies arrived and is wanted on the same charges and an additional count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call investigators at 706-554-2133.

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