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8 dead after nursing home shooting

Eight people are dead after a lone gunman opened fire in a North Carolina nursing home Sunday morning.

Authorities said that Robert Stewart, 45, killed seven patients, one nurse and wounded three others at Pinelake Health and Rehab in Carthage.

One of the wounded was a police officer who confronted Stewart in a hallway and stopped the attack.

Officer Justin Garner, 25, was wounded in his leg while exchanging gunfire and wounding Stewart.

Garner has been treated and released, according to CNN.com.

Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger charged Stewart with eight counts of first-degree murder and a single charge of felony assault of a law enforcement officer Sunday afternoon MSNBC.com reported.

Authorites have not commented on a motive, but Stewart's ex-wife said he had been reaching out lately to family members, telling them he had cancer and was preparing for a long trip.

Stewart was not a patient or an employee at the nursing home, according to authorities, and isn't believed to be related to any of the victims.