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8 killed in North Carolina nursing home shooting

A gunman went on a shooting spree in a North Carolina nursing home Sunday morning, killing seven residents and a nurse. He spared some people without explanation.

Robert Stewart, the gunman, also wounded three others at Pinelake Health and Rehab, authorities told the Associated Press. Those wounded included a police officer from the town, Carthage, N.C., who managed to subdue Stewart and end the rampage.

Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger charged Stewart, 45, with eight counts of first-degree murder and a single charge of felony assault of a law enforcement officer, according to AP.

According to the Guardian, Carthage police chief Chris McKenzie told television stations the gunman was also injured before being apprehended by police, and that Stewart was not a patient at the nursing home. AP reports Stewart also is not believed to be related to any of the victims.

Stewart's ex-wife, Sue Griffin, told AP he had been contacting family members recently and telling them he had cancer and was preparing for a trip to "go away." She said he had been trying to call her through other family members, like her son, mother, sister, and grandmother.

Victims of the attack were Pinelake residents Tessie Garner, 88; Lillian Dunn, 89; Jessie Musser, 88; Bessie Hendrick, 78; John Goldston, 78; Margaret Johnson, 89; Louise Decker, 98; and nurse Jerry Avent.