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New Hanover woman charged with trying to kill son

Posted December 12, 2013

Elisabeth Buckles Bello
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— A Wilmington woman has been charged with trying to kill her son in a Nov. 30 shooting incident at his home, New Hanover County officials said Thursday. 

Elisabeth Buckles Bello faces one count each of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. 

According to investigators, Bello tried to shoot her son during a visit to his home on Pond Drive. Thomas Bello told police that he heard a loud pop while talking with his mother and turned around to see her pointing a handgun at him. 

The pair struggled, and the gun went off again. Authorities said Thomas Bello struggled with his mother before taking the gun and hiding it in a closet inside his home.

Thomas Bello sustained gunshot wounds to his right shoulder and left hand, authorities said. He was treated and released from Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Elisabeth Bello was arrested shortly after and taken to the hospital because investigators said she was incoherent. 

Bello was charged Wednesday and released from the New Hanover County jail after posting a $100,000 secured bond.

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  • mafiamic Dec 12, 2013

    My mom used to tell me she was going to whoop my you know what all the time.My school headmaster used to be sitting there waiting for me when I walked into his office swatting his cane in his hand before whacking me.
    Elisabeth Bello was arrested shortly after and taken to the hospital because investigators said she was incoherent.
    As in Drunk? or other ways?
    There is crimes of passion why not crimes of alcohol?,crimes of mental problems?

  • sunshine1040 Dec 12, 2013

    Sure would be nice to see the entire story no age reported for either of them. Where did she get gun were there arguments before this incident

  • karencarter724 Dec 12, 2013

    I don't know when the photo was taken in relation to the incident but the coloring of her bruising indicates that's it's about 1.5 weeks old. If it was taken when she was arrested then that's in line with it happening about 13 days ago.

  • CaryNCMom Dec 12, 2013

    Two black eyes does not relate to a "struggle"....He clearly beat her at some point. If that was first, then she tried to take him out because of that. If she tried to shot him first then she got what was coming to her.....hard to say. I notice there are no details from her in the story. It says she was incoherent, so something happened either to her mind possibly, or during the "struggle".

  • Mollers Dec 12, 2013

    This will make for an awkward Christmas dinner

  • pappy1 Dec 12, 2013

    Timely reporting. If the story is correct, the shooting occurred and the woman was arrested --- 13 days ago.

  • Pepe Silvia Dec 12, 2013

    "How about a self defense plee...he blackened those eyes, she shot him. What else do you expect a 71 year old woman to do?" - lovinOBX

    It says RIGHT IN THE STORY that there was a struggle. The older you are, the easier you bruise, and its very likely she got those black eyes DURING the struggle.

  • busyb97 Dec 12, 2013

    The black eyes could have been from the struggle.....I know I would have decked her if I were him and she was shooting at me.

  • scubagirl2 Dec 12, 2013

    hmmmmmmmmmm, wonder where those black eyes came from-sure did leave THAT out of the story.

  • lovinOBX Dec 12, 2013

    How about a self defense plee...he blackened those eyes, she shot him. What else do you expect a 71 year old woman to do?

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