72-year-old Clarence White took a 22-caliber handgun and shot his 28-year-old wife in the face on Thursday morning.
According to sources, the shooting was the result of a disagreement between Clarence and his wife over his inability to satisfy her financial needs or sexual desires.
Responding officers found Dominique White around sitting on the floor in a hallway of their home.
The young woman was shot in the right cheek. She was in critical, but stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center on Friday. Fragments from the bullet were still lodged in her face, doctors said.
“I shot my wife,” White, still holding the smoking gun, told cops, according to court documents.
The two have been married for three years and have a daughter, according to neighbors.
White told police he and his wife were arguing in the hours leading up to the shooting. Money was tight after he lost his job. During the argument, his wife ordered him to move out, the husband told police.
As he packed his bags, he found the pistol in a nightstand and put it in his pocket, he admitted. Then, as he talked to her one last time in the hopes of reconciling, his wife dropped a bombshell: He didn’t do anything for her in the sack or in her pocketbook.
Clarence White took out the gun and fired. He claimed he didn’t mean to shoot his wife. He only wanted to scare her. He noted that he was the one who first called 911. He also gave his wife a towel to stop the bleeding and did everything the 911 operator told him to do to care for Dominique as first responders arrived, police sources said.
A Bronx Criminal Court judge ordered White held on $300,000 bail when he was arraigned on attempted murder, assault, harassment and weapons possession charges Friday.
Hopefully now he’ll be locked up and she can move on with her life.