Woman In Stable Condition After Being Shot In The Face, Suspect Facing Attempted Murder

Delaware State Police arrested Richard C. Lawson III, 33, of New Castle, on attempted murder and related charges Friday night, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on October 1, 2021, at approximately 9:48 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a residence in the 3900 block of Wheatleys Pond Road in Clayton for a shooting incident. Upon arrival, troopers contacted the 33-year-old female victim, who had an apparent gunshot wound to the face. The investigation determined the victim was driving on Wheatleys Pond Road in her vehicle with an acquaintance, Lawson, when a verbal argument started. The argument escalated to a physical altercation before Lawson produced a handgun and shot the victim said Pepper. After being shot, the victim went for help at a nearby residence. Law Enforcement Officers responded to the area and located Lawson on foot in the 4700 block of Wheatleys Pond Road. He was taken into custody and transported to Delaware State Police Troop 3, where he was charged with the following crimes:

Attempted First Degree Murder (Felony)
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
Lawson was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #7 and committed to Howard R Young Correctional Institution on a $100,000.00 cash bond.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and admitted in stable condition.

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