• Condition of volunteer firefighter shot in head worsens

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - On Wednesday, family members prayed for a volunteer firefighter who was shot in the head outside his home more than two weeks ago.

    A Facebook page for Marcus Kauffman said Wednesday that the 25-year-old's health had declined over the past 24 hours.

    The message said in part: "This morning the doctors expressed that they have done everything they can and that it may be time to let go. Please pray for wisdom from God to know whether or not to remove him from life support. Pray for peace, and for an overwhelming assurance of God's presence and grace at this time."

    Eyewitness News talked to Conrad Eaton Wednesday. He said he wants Kauffman, his friend for years, to live so that he can be a father to his unborn child.

    His wife is due with their first baby in February.

    "He's definitely a fighter. He's a strong guy, one of the strongest guys I know and he's got a lot to live for," said Eaton.

    For more than two weeks Kauffman has survived a gunshot to the head. Kaufman and his wife were returning after a Thanksgiving trip when deputies say two men broke into their home.

    Khari McCleland is accused of shooting Kauffman in the head. Deputies eventually arrested four men in the case. 

    “Obviously there's hurt there,” Eaton said. “But I wouldn’t say there's anger in their life about this whole situation. “

    Deputies said if Kauffman dies, the charges against two of the suspects would be upgraded to murder.

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