Police: Woman shoots husband because of infidelity

Police: Woman shoots husband because of infidelity
Source: RCSO
Source: RCSO

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A late night shooting ends with a man in the hospital and his wife in jail.

Deputies said the suspect told them that she wasn't trying to kill her husband. She was upset that her husband of fifty years had affairs and fathered children outside of their marriage.

"I think of her as my mother," said Erica Dunn.

Dunn and her family practically lived in the couple's back yard.

"When my husband was in Iraq, her husband would come cut the yard for me and watch out for me and the kids."

Dunn didn't want to be shown on camera, but she said no one was shocked more than her when she found out that her neighbor, 71-year-old Annie Gaines shot her husband, Joseph Gaines in the thigh Tuesday night.

"I've never seen them argue. I've been here 12 years and I've never seen them argue."

According to the incident report, Annie told deputies that her husband was ignoring her all day and she was upset that he'd fathered children outside of their marriage. She told deputies that "she wasn't trying to kill him," and she "was just going to remind him that she was still there." Dunn said she and Annie share everything, but she had no idea their problems were this serious.

"I don't know. I really need to talk to her because I didn't know all of this was going on."

Dunn describes Annie as sweet and caring and she hopes that her neighbors come home soon.

"I love them, and I hope that he's okay and I hope that she gets out."

Gaines' is being charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime. Dunn said that Joseph Gaines is home and out of the hospital and that she is going to bail her out as soon as she can.