Stanly County Sheriff’s Office investigate shooting of City Lake Park kayaker

ALBEMARLE — Over the weekend, a 36-year-old Albemarle resident, Candice Hodgson, was shot in the leg while kayaking out on Long Lake at City Lake Park. 

Hodgson was subsequently transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  

Around 11:41 a.m. on Saturday morning, the Albemarle Police Department and the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office sent officers out to City Lake Park, located at 815 Concord Road in Albemarle, to investigate a report of a gunshot wound.  

The SCSO is currently conducting an investigation into this incident and has stated that “any and all possibilities are being investigated.” 

Multiple witnesses on scene indicated in statements to law enforcement that they heard shots fired from the opposite side of City Lake Park; initial statements also speculated that the incident may have been an incidental result of someone target shooting. 

The sheriff’s office released a further statement: “Additional information has been received from a number of witnesses which indicate a dark-colored truck and trailer were parked on the side of City Lake Dr., and an individual was seen operating a four-wheeler both on the roadway as well as in the field of the attached picture. We are currently seeking information regarding the identity of this individual.” 

Cpt. Chris Huneycutt of the SCSO confirmed to the SCJ on July 25 that there are currently no ongoing leads on the investigation.

SCSO detectives are seeking assistance from the public and asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to please call 704-984-2312.