As of Monday, July 1, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- The old adage of "wrong place, wrong time" may be even more applicable than originally thought for the park ranger shot near the Buford Dam last week.
D.P. Wright, a 70-year-old ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was shot in the abdomen on June 26 while attempting to close up the Lower Overlook area of Buford Dam Park. He reportedly noticed a woman sitting in a passenger car and approached the vehicle to ask her to leave.
Authorities initially believed Qiana Moore, 34, shot Wright then killed herself in an attempted "suicide by cop." That story has changed.
"It is now believed that Wright was hit accidentally when Moore shot herself," Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Monday. "The evidence at the scene supports this theory, including the facts that only one shot was heard, and only one shell casing was located."
Wright, who was unarmed, is still in the hospital but is expected to survive. His family released a statement Monday through the police department.
"Ranger White is doing well in his recovery and expects to be discharged from the hospital sometime this week," it said, in part. "Although additional recovery time will be needed at home, he looks forward to returning to the job he loves and particularly interacting and teaching children about water safety. As he is recovering, he often speaks of the joy it brings him to make a difference in these youngsters' lives as he teaches them to be safe around water."
The family requested privacy during Wright's recovery. They also thanked emergency personnel and the drivers who stopped to provide assistance when Wright walked to the road to find help.