On this day in 2016, shooting victim paralyzed

Jennifer Ray

A woman who was shot in her home last April 10, 2016, is paralyzed from the waist down, Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said.

Jennifer Ray, 30, of Latta remains at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. A spokesperson for the hospital said Saturday that Ray has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. She was shot in the hand and neck while she watched television at her home.

Christian said Ray had surgery on her hand late in the week. She has a bullet lodged in her neck and it will not be removed, he said.

“(Doctors believe) it’s too dangerous,” Christian said.

Ray, Charlie Tad Price, 41, and Jamie Rowell, 28, were all shot at Ray’s residence on County Road 3540 just after 10 p.m. April 5, 2016.

All the victims and a witness identified Ray’s estranged husband, 37-yearold Cameron Heath Ray of Roff, as the alleged shooter. Christian said Cameron Ray allegedly walked into the house with a pistol, probably a .38 revolver, and began shooting. He reportedly shot Ray first, then Rowell and finally Price. Six shots were fired in all, Christian said.

Price, shot three times, and Rowell, shot once, have since been treated and released from Mercy Hospital Ada.

Cameron Ray turned himself in a few hours after the shooting and was arrested on suspicion of shooting with intent to kill, child endangerment and first-degree burglary. He is being held at the Pontotoc County Justice Center without bond.

A homeowner on County Road 1560, about 100 yards west of Latta Elementary School, found a .38-caliber revolver in his front yard Tuesday. Christian said the gun had six spent shells inside, and it was sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for a forensic examination and to collect evidence.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison said he is awaiting further results of the investigation before making a charging decision.