• Family: Doctors to check brain activity on volunteer firefighter shot in head

    By: Nate Stewart


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Friends and loved ones of a volunteer firefighter shot in the head outside his Rowan County home are by his side.

    Marcus Kauffman’s doctors said his condition was getting worse.

    On Thursday, a message posted to the Praying for Marco Facebook page said the doctors are requesting that a test be done to check for any brain activity.

    The post says, “If there is none, they would like to proceed with removing Marco from life support.”

    The family is asking for prayers and for a miracle.

    IMAGES: Marco Kauffman

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

    Kauffman's wife is due to deliver 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.

    WEDNESDAY: Condition of volunteer firefighter shot in head worsens

    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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