A woman taken into custody after Tuesday's shooting in a room at the city-owned Hilton Convention Center hotel was charged with attempted first-degree murder after she would not explain to detectives how a struggle over a handgun resulted in her boyfriend being shot.
Police identified the suspect as Sharolyn L. Yarbrough, 34. Police said the .40-caliber handgun, which has a pink grip, is registered in her name.
According to court records, the incident — the most recent in a series of fights between the couple — was sparked over a cell phone. According to charging documents, the shooting occurred as the pair struggled over the pistol.
Yarbrough of the 4300 block of Woodlea Ave. and the wounded man, Harold O'Neal, 26, had been dating for 17 months. Yarbrough told detectives that they often fought. She left him and checked into the Hilton, according to court records.
O'Neal called and told her he wanted to visit, and Yarbrough gave him her room number. According to charging documents, they were sitting on the bed talking when he grabbed her cell phone.
She told him not to look through it, then took his phone when he refused to give hers back, according to the police report. An argument escalated into a physical altercation, and both reached for the pistol on the dresser at the end of the bed, the report said.
"With the handgun in both of their hands they began to fight over [it]," Detective Donald Slimmer wrote. "She advised that while they were fighting over the gun, he bit her on the right upper back and then the police arrived."
The detective pressed her on when the shooting occurred, and she put her head down and started to cry, according to the report. She said she was afraid and "can't do this" and stopped talking.
Police were unable to get an account from O'Neal, who was heavily medicated.
Court records show that O'Neal, who lives in Brooklyn, was wanted for forfeiting a $250,000 bond, which he posted after being arrested in February on handgun and drug trafficking charges.
Yarbrough did not appear to have a criminal record and is listed in several cases as a bail bondsman with an address connected to a company called Sly's Bail Bonds.