Two in serious condition after shooting incident

By Fred Pace

August 5, 2014

TWILIGHT — A mother and her son are both in serious condition in a Charleston hospital after a shooting in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office an investigation is underway regarding a shooting that happened in the Twilight area. The shooting occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. at a residence along Mable Lane.

“An argument between a mother and her son led to the incident that sent both to the hospital,” said Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker. “The incident is still under investigation, but initial findings show the shooting may be accidental. However, arrests may be pending in the case.”

Phyllis Mooney, 63, was shot in the lower abdomen and her son Jason Mooney, 37, was hit in the leg, according to Barker.

“The son was collecting his belongings and leaving the residence during the argument,” Barker said. “According to statements and evidence collected at the scene, it appears Jason was attempting to break his .30-.30 caliber rifle on the ground when it discharged one time, hitting both individuals. From initial reports it does not appear he was threatening anyone with the weapon.”

Both parties are in emergency surgery and serious condition at CAMC General in Charleston.

“Although the shooting appears to be accidental, the other details surrounding the incident are under investigation,” added Boone County Sheriff Randall White. “We are looking into the possibility of Mr. Mooney being an unlawful possessor of a firearm.”

Other details will be released as they become available, so keep coming back to for updates.

(Fred Pace is the Editor for the Coal Valley News. He can be contacted at or at 304-369-1165, or on Twitter @fcpace62)