Suspect arrested in shooting of former NFL player from Vanceboro

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CONCORD, NC (WITN) - A man accused of shooting a former NFL player and eastern Carolina native has been arrested for the crime.

Wright / Hooker

Our sister station, WCNC in Charlotte, reports that William Hooker Jr. was arrested Wednesday in Graham. He's been charged with attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police say that Hooker shot Anthony Wright, who is from Vanceboro and played football at West Craven High School.

Concord Police say Wright got into an argument with Hooker who is Wright's girlfriend's ex-boyfriend. Hooker was reportedly dropping his daughter off at a home in Concord at the time.

Hooker was released on a $150,000 bond and has a first appearance set for July 8th in Cabarrus County.

Wright played in the NFL for several different teams including the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens.


A former standout football at West Craven High School who went on to play in the NFL is recovering in the hospital after being shot.

Concord police say they believe Anthony Wright got into an argument with his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend when the ex showed up to drop off his daughter.

Police say they were called to a home Monday when an argument followed and shots were fired.

Wright is in stable condition after undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds, while police have a warrant out for William Hooker Jr. for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Wright graduated from West Craven in 1994 and went onto be the quarterback at the University South Carolina in 1995. He later played for the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants.