SC: Hunter charged in shooting case
December 16, 2009
Hunter charged in shooting case
Bail was set at $75,000 Tuesday for a Johns Island man charged with
assault and battery with intent to kill after a Citadel cadet was wounded
while hunting Monday.
Danny Wade Rowsey, 48, of Staffwood Drive, told investigators he thought
he was shooting at a deer, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said Tuesday.
Rowsey was charged after deputies investigated the shooting of Citadel
cadet William Callegari, 21, of Houston, who was wounded twice by a
high-powered rifle, Cannon said. Callegari was shot in the right armpit and
from behind in the right shoulder. Both bullets exited his chest, Cannon
said. Medical University Hospital officials would not release Callegari's
condition at the request of the family. During Rowsey's bond hearing, a
sheriff's deputy said Callegari was in intensive care.
Rowsey fired from a deer stand about 200 yards away across an open field.
Callegari was duck hunting with two other Citadel cadets at a pond on the
property near the intersection of McCants and Brigger Hill roads. Rowsey
admitted to investigators that he shot Callegari once because he thought he
was a deer, but denied shooting a second time. Sheriff's investigators said
Rowsey was using a single-shot .308-caliber bolt-action rifle equipped with
Cannon said the "primary inconsistency" in Rowsey's story was the fact
that Callegari was shot twice but Rowsey said he only fired once. Cannon
also noted that the area where the shooting occurred did not have a view
obstructed by trees and that Rowsey was using a scope that would have aided
his vision. Cannon said there was no indication that Callegari and Rowsey
knew each other. There was no altercation between Rowsey and the cadets
prior to the shooting, Cannon said.
The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at about 5:30 p.m. Monday
regarding the shooting. Investigators interviewed Callegari at the emergency
Callegari is a junior majoring in history who was on Christmas break,
said Charlene Gunnells, Citadel media relations coordinator. She said Cadets
and staff members have been taking turns at Callegari's bedside.
During the bond hearing, Rowsey's attorney, Michael Coleman, described
the shooting as an accident. "He admitted to firing one shot at what he
thought was an animal," Coleman said.
Rowsey's wife and daughter were present at the hearing. Both said Rowsey
feels horrible about what happened to Callegari and that the family is
praying for his recovery. "I promise you, no one feels worse about this than
Danny Rowsey," said Judith Rowsey, his wife.
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