LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Authorities now believe that a 70-year-old park ranger shot at Buford Dam Park last month was accidentally struck by a woman committing suicide.
The woman, 34-year-old Qiana Moore, shot D. Perry Wright in the abdomen while shooting herself at the Lower Overlook area of the park on June 27.
Ranger Wright and his family wish to express their extreme gratitude to those that responded to the incident of Wednesday evening; the Gwinnett County Police Department, paramedics and first responders, and the citizens who stopped and provided assistance. They are also overwhelmed with the number of messages they are receiving communicating concern, blessings, and wishes for a full recovery.
Ranger Wright is doing well in his recovery and expects to be discharged from the hospital sometime this week. 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 how to be safe around the water.
The family wishes to express their thanks and requests the media to allow them privacy for rest and recovery time.
BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — A park ranger has undergone surgery after being shot Wednesday at Lake Lanier by a woman who apparently committed suicide, officials said.
The ranger, D.P.Wright, 70, who was not armed, was preparing to close the Lower Overlook area of the park around 10:00 PM. As he was driving through the parking lot in his marked park ranger pickup truck, he noticed a woman sitting in a passenger car.
Wright said he approached the car to notify her that the park was closed. The woman, identified as Qiana Moore, 34, of Woodstock, produced a handgun and fired one shot, striking Wright in the abdomen.