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June 18, 2010

Woman shot during struggle

CULLMAN — A Cullman woman is recovering from a gunshot wound she suffered early Friday in a shooting city police are still investigating.

Samantha Hook, 19, was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center after being shot once in the abdomen around midnight Friday, according to police. She was monitored overnight at the hospital after recovering from a wound in which the bullet from the large-caliber pistol passed completely through her body, according to Capt. Lou Bradford.

Hook's injury is not considered life-threatening, and she was conscious following her surgery, police noted.

The incident occurred at a residence on Northwest Drive, which lies in a subdivision just west of St. Joseph Drive. The weapon, a 10mm Glock semiautomatic pistol, was taken into evidence by police.

Bradford said the incident occurred after an argument in which Hook and her husband Samuel, 21, struggled for possession of the weapon in what police believe was an attempt to prevent the dispute from escalating to violence. In the contest for possession of the gun, it fired a single shot by accident.

"They were arguing, apparently, and she went and got the gun out of his vehicle," Bradford said. "Then he went and tried to take it away from her, and in the midst of that, the gun went off. The bullet went all the way through her."

After consulting with the district attorney's office and taking statements from the victim and her husband, police are not treating the accident as a criminal matter. Bradford said no charges would be filed.

‰Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270


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