By Beth Lawrence
An ongoing civil dispute sent one Tuckasegee man to a hospital in critical condition and a second to jail following a Friday morning shooting incident that spanned two counties.
“There’s currently a civil dispute,” Major Shannon Queen of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said. “We’ve not been able to talk to the victim, so we don’t know all the details yet, but they were arguing over something.”
Kenneth William McCall, 66, of Charleys Creek Road, Tuckasegee, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury and discharging a weapon into occupied property. He could face further charges pending his victim’s outcome and the final results of the investigation, Queen said.
Investigators have interviewed others who might have information but cannot confirm the details of the disagreement at this time.
The shooting occurred near the entrance to Pinhook Valley Campground on Charleys Creek Road shortly before 10 a.m. Friday when the victim, William Walker McCall, 37, also of Tuckasegee, was shot in the torso.
Queen does not know if the suspect and victim are related.
Queen believes William McCall sought help at a neighbor’s home. The neighbor then drove the victim approximately six miles to McCall’s Grocery and Gas in Balsam Grove to get help.
“There’s just no cell phone service right there,” Queen said. “(He) went to somebody’s house to call for help and that person didn’t have a home phone, so their first option was to go somewhere where they knew they could get help.”
The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, determined the incident occurred in Jackson County and notified the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office later that morning.
JCSO worked with the Transylvania Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation to piece together what occurred.
“As a result of the shooting, one arrest has been made, and no further suspects are being sought,” Queen said.
William McCall was airlifted to Mission Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Kenneth McCall was released from the Jackson County Detention Center after posting a $75,000 secured bond.