Stepson says stepmother shot at him

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SALISBURY — A stepmother is behind bars after her stepson told authorities she fired a .22 caliber rifle at him in order to get him to stop working on his truck, a report said.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office responded to 10415 Bringle Ferry Road late Monday night to a disturbance at the home of Sharon Edwards Newling.
When officers arrived, they found Robert Newling standing by the road. He said his stepmother, Sharon Newling, was intoxicated and had been shooting a rifle at him, the report said.
Robert Newling took the rifle from his stepmother and placed it in the grass in the front yard. Authorities found the rifle and secured it.
When they went to the house, Sharon Newling was sitting on the front porch. She told officers she wasn’t shooting at him, but shooting to make him stop working on his truck, the report said.
Authorities spoke to another witness, Roger Newling, and then placed Sharon Newling under arrest.
Newling, 58, of the home, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and given a $1,000 secured bond.