Sheriff: Agent Shooting Was ‘Tragic Accident’

May 6, 2015

An Atlanta area county sheriff said in a statement that the shooting of a real estate agent during an open house at a model home on Sunday was "a tragic accident."

Real estate agent Gwenevere McCord, 43, a sales associate with Paran Realty in Jonesboro, Ga., was shot in the abdomen by Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill when the two were inside a model home on Sunday. McCord remains in critical condition.

Details that led to the shooting remain unclear.

Hill reportedly called 911 to report the shooting. In the 911 call, Hill allegedly said that he accidentally shot McCord while he was practicing “police tactics.”

Hill had left the scene of the shooting Sunday without giving an official statement to investigators. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter has told the media that statements Hill has made have been inconsistent with what police found when they arrived, such as the position of McCord’s body and the location of the weapons found at the model home where McCord worked.

Hill has not been arrested.

Hill called the agent a dear friend of his and says he’s been reaching out to support the family.

McCord’s father, Ernest, also told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Hill and his daughter are good friends and called the incident a “freak accident.”

"He's taking a lot of heat in the media for not talking," Ernest McCord says. "We don't feel like it's anything he's done intentionally. That's what people need to understand. … He’s all torn up about this.”

Source: “Prosecutor Questions Statements Sheriff Made After Shooting,” The Associated Press (May 5, 2015) and “Victim’s Father: Hill Shooting Was ‘Freak Accident,’” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution (May 5, 2015)