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Woman charged with shooting at 2 boys, injuring 1

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Update: Initial reports had Pattie Campbell being held under no bond but her bond is now set at $2 million.

CONCORD, N.C. -- A Boone woman was in court Tuesday morning on charges that she tried to shoot and kill two Cabarrus County boys.

Authorities say 48-year-old Pattie Hatcher Campbell drove to an 11-year-old’s Mount Pleasant home and fired shot at him. A neighbor said the bullet hit the boy in the back and exited over his shoulder.

None of the neighbors on Fritzvon Drive cul-de-sac would to talk on camera but one said Campbell gave the boy a puppy, left the house and then came back. That's when she allegedly shot the child with a .38 caliber handgun.

Following the initial shots, an older brother and the boy’s mother came out, and Campbell allegedly turned the gun at them. Neighbors said the mother and the 14-year-old were able to wrestle the gun away. One neighbor saw the older brother, a ninth grader, running down the street calling for help.

Authorities are trying to determine the relationship between Campbell and the family -- Sheriff D. Brad Riley said they did know each other. He said they're still investigating why she drove from Boone to the family's home.

Campbell was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder and a count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. On Monday, the Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office decided to upgrade that charge to two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

“We definitely feel comfortable that the charges are very appropriate, which means that it was a malicious act as opposed to an accident,” said Riley.

Riley says there is still a lot more to unravel about this case and that Campbell may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“We're still trying to put all the pieces together to try and determine exactly what was going on in the lady's mind that fired the shots,” Riley said.

According to the Cabarrus County Jail Web site, Campbell is being held on a $2 million bond.

News 14 Carolina requested a copy of the 911 calls related to this shooting since they are public record, but the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said there was a malfunction within 911 and the calls for this case were not recorded and are therefore not available. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP