Son accused of killing mother in Gloucester County shooting

Chad Sayers (Photo courtesy of the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office)

HAYES, Va. (WAVY) – A woman is dead and investigators say her son is to blame after the shooting inside their home on Friday afternoon.

Chad Sayers, 34, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 56-year-old mother, according to the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office.

Neighbors identified the woman as Cheryl Sayers.

The mother and son lived together on the 7100 block of Chapman Drive, off Route 17.

Deputies say they responded to the home at 4 p.m. and found the victim with one gunshot wound. Medics rushed Cheryl Sayers to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, where she died a short time later.

“I can’t imagine it happening actually, because Chad is really quiet and shy and they always got along as far as I knew,” said Susie, who lives next door.

Investigators say Chad Sayers was the only person home at the time of the incident. They would not say whether or not he admitted to the crime.

“She was always very friendly and her flowers were always so pretty,” recalled Susie. “She was a nice person.”

Deputies have not released a motive or any other circumstances surrounding the shooting. Susie tells WAVY.com that Chad was “challenged,” but she did not know whether or not that played a role in the incident.

The sheriff’s office says more charges could be filed against Chad Sayer next week.

Stay with WAVY.com for more information in this developing story.