June 18, 2007
Investigators in Louisa County said an argument over money erupted into gunfire Monday morning. Now, one man is in the hospital and his girlfriend is behind bars.
Sheriff's deputies arrested 51-year-old Kitty Gish. She's charged with malicious wounding and two other charges.
Authorities said Gish called 911 around 6AM Monday. She told investigators her boyfriend, Philip Horn, had dropped his .22 caliber handgun and that it accidentally went off; a bullet hit him in the left shoulder.
The boyfriend at first went along with the story, but authorities investigating the scene on Mica Road in Mineral soon realized the story didn't add up.
“They noticed some inconsistencies in what they were seeing versus what they were told, which made the deputies very suspicious,” said Major Donnie Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Department.
What they saw was a second bullet hole in the door of the home leading deputies to believe the gun went off twice and not accidentally.
“It was obviously not an accidental shooting,” said Lowe.
Kitty Gish then apparently changed her story.
“From what we understand he was saying she owed him some money and tempers got out of control and that was the result of the argument,” said Lowe.
The result was her boyfriend shot, air-lifted to UVa Hospital and now, facing what authorities call life-threatening injuries.
The victim's aunt and uncle rushed to the hospital. They told us he was conscious and used his cell phone to call them Monday morning.
Kitty Gish now could face a 20-year prison sentence if a jury finds she committed the shooting.
Gish is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning for a bond hearing.