Nelson Thomas, the 45-year-old man who was shot late Monday afternoon in a domestic disturbance in Early, is in critical condition in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Early Police Chief David Mercer released limited details on the shooting, which occurred around 5:20 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Crescent, where Thomas' wife, Mica, lives. The two have been separated for a couple of years, Mercer said, and Nelson Thomas lives south of Early.

Nelson Thomas was in the home on Crescent when Mica Thomas came home from work and assaulted her, Mercer said. He would not elaborate. 

Thomas was shot in the abdomen by a 20-gauge shotgun, Mercer said. While declining to comment on specifics, citing the ongoing investigation, Mercer said Mica Thomas fired the shotgun. Mercer said the shooting occurred inside the home, but he declined to say where.

Thomas "just stumbled his way outside" and was lying on the front porch when first responders arrived, Mercer said.

Thomas was semi-conscious, in extreme pain and bleeding profusely as first responders treated him, the chief said.

"I know them both. We have not made calls there," Mercer said.