Who was Charles Carter and why did Vincent Smith shoot him

Vincent Smith, 62, shot and killed Charles Carter, 44, on Monday evening during an argument at Smith’s residence in Pottsboro, Texas. He told investigators from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department that he shot Carter between the eyes in self-defense with a backup gun after Carter snatched his gun from his holster and threatened him. Alcohol was involved.

According to Mandy Sulzer, Carter’s girlfriend, The two men were friends who met when Smith rescued them from homelessness last month after Carter lost his job. Smith spent $1,000 to reaquire Carter’s possessions from a pawn shop and invited Carter and Sulzer to move into a motor home on his property.

Sulzer told the Herald Democrat that the relationship entered troubled waters about a week ago.

She said a possible reason why tensions were running high was due to control over a Facebook page. Both men were founders of “Paul Revere 2016: Final March to Restore America,” a far-right, anti-corruption march on Washington, D.C. planned for June. The march has the “final aim at removing the corrupt leadership that has taken over our beloved country and ousted her God and constitution,” Smith wrote on the organization’s website. Smith wrote the march would start on the West Coast and gain momentum as it continued cross-country until reaching the final destination of the District of Columbia.

Sulser was not present when the shooting took place Monday evening. She had left the property that morning to be with her family in Tyler. She said the night before, Smith had told her and Mr. Carter that they needed to leave.

“I wasn’t in the house whenever he (Smith) told him (Mr. Carter to leave), I was outside in the RV getting ready for bed, and Charles came in and told me that Vincent told him that we had to leave, that we couldn’t be there anymore,” Sulser said. “He was tired of us being there. He couldn’t be around Charles anymore and we had to go.”

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department has not decided whether to charge Smith.

Would Charles Carter be alive today, if he and Vincent Smith were sober Monday night?

6 Responses to Who was Charles Carter and why did Vincent Smith shoot him

  1. bettykath says:

    “Would Charles Carter be alive today, if he and Vincent Smith were sober Monday night?”

    Or if Smith weren’t armed? They could have Duke’s it out with their fists. Otoh, no guns, no shooting; no alcohol, no physical fighting.

    Did you hear about the grandpa birdwatcher who took down one of the Oregon trespassers? Militia guy was armed and, in an attempt to intimidate Grandpa, invaded his personal space and threatened him for trespassing at the reserve. Grandpa used to be a wrestling coach and he used a leg maneuver and the guy ended up on the ground. 🙂

  2. Barbars says:

    Fool. It’s not a “they” thing, And being the victim of someone’s jealousy doesn’t make Charles guilty of any crime or any hatred.

    • I don’t know how you got the idea that I thought Charles did anything wrong, much less that he committed a crime. I just repeated what was reported.

      I believe his death was tragic and unnecessary. He would be alive if both men were sober and no gun was available.

  3. Malisha says:

    I read up on it a little bit. Their whole “march” seems like a lot of sound and fury signifying that their lives are pretty much in the crapper and they want to feel like big guys. How sad. But how lucky they didn’t kill a bunch of innocent bystanders with their drunk-psycho-gun-thug-conduct.

  4. racerrodig says:

    Booze, guns, and tempers…………what a combination.

    Since the NRA gun nutZZ will start the obligatory “…well……if everyone was armed…….blah, blah, boring blah…..they’d still be alive” I blame the ammunition.

    Sine there is no reasoning with these people, lets take a new angle. It’s the ammo that’s at fault.

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