Restaurant raises money for volunteer firefighter shot in head

by: Eric Philips Updated:


ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - The fourth and final suspect in the shooting of a Rowan County volunteer firefighter faced a judge Friday.

Tramel Hart, 18, turned himself in Thursday night. 

He's charged with being an accessory to the crime and is being held on $500,000 bond.

He joins three other men who are already behind bars, charged in the shooting of Marcus Kauffman, 25.

Meanwhile, a local business raised money Friday for the Kauffman family. 

The cash register at the Subway in Cleveland was ringing and the line had been steadily growing because customers knew that 20 percent of what they spent will go to Kauffman and his family. 

"It says people care about the community and they care about the family," said Subway owner Kevin Jones.

 "(You) never know when you're going to need the help. It's a blessing to help that family out," said customer Penny Miller.

SLIDESHOW: Scene of Rowan County shooting

Kauffman was shot last week at his home near Cleveland when police say he interrupted a burglary in progress.

Now that all four suspects are in custody, those in the neighborhood said it's a relief. 

"I don't know that they'd come back around here, but yes, it makes me feel better," said resident Kay Cohen.

"People that normally don't lock their doors were locking their doors. People who don't look over their shoulder were looking over their shoulder keeping a keen eye out for everything," said Conrad Eaton, a close friend of Kauffman's.

Now they said attention can shift even more to supporting Kauffman and his family.

Kauffman is said to be make slow improvements in the hospital. 

Police said the criminals stole Kauffman’s gun from his home. 

They recovered the gun and are running ballistics tests now to see if Kauffman was shot with his own gun.

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