Former NFL Player Anthony Wright Shot Multiple Times By Girlfriend's Ex
Concord, N.C. – Former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Anthony Wright was shot multiple times last Monday after he got into a “verbal altercation” at his residence with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.
The incident occurred on July 1 when 46-year-old William Hooker Jr. stopped at Wright’s home to drop off his daughter, KABC reported.
Police said that 43-year old Wright and Hooker argued, and then shots were fired.
When police arrived at a suburban home, they found the former professional football player down with multiple gunshot wounds, KABC reported.
The Concord Police Department said Wright was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and immediately underwent emergency surgery for his gunshot wounds.
On Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reported that the former quarterback was in stable condition.
Police issued a warrant for Hooker, whom they said allegedly had a handgun at the time of the shooting, according to KABC.
He was arrested by officers on July 3 in Graham, North Carolina.
Hooker was charged with attempted first degree murder and possession of firearm by felon, KABC reported.
He was released on a $150,000 bond and his next court appearance was scheduled for July 8.
Wright played 10 years and 31 games in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants, KABC reported.
He had 20 touchdown passes and 25 interceptions during his career.
Wright was a backup quarterback to Eli Manning for the New York Giants in 2007 and earned a Super Bowl ring despite having only played in three games and completed seven passes that season, KABC reported.
The quarterback played college football at South Carolina from 1995 through 1998.
During his four-year college career, Wright threw for 5,641 yards with 38 touchdowns.