Deputies, coroner investigating shooting death - FOX Carolina 21

Deputies, coroner investigating shooting death

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GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Coroner Dennis Fowler are investigating the shooting death of a Gaffney woman.

Fowler said investigators pronounced Rita Pennington, 59, dead at the scene in her home on Ford Road on Saturday just after 8 a.m.

The victim's husband told investigators he was cleaning his 12-gauge shotgun when the gun fired and Pennington was in the path of the shotgun blast, according to Fowler.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said deputies are awaiting results from an autopsy before deputies can present all their information to the solicitor's office to determine if charges will be filed.

Fowler said the autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday.

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