Eight Killed in Shooting at N.C. Nursing Home
Eight people were killed and several injured in a shooting on Sunday morning at a nursing home in Carthage, N.C.
Seven eldery residents and a nurse died after a gunman opened fire at Pinelake Health and Rehab around 10 a.m.
The shooter was identified by police as 45-year-old Robert Stewart. No information has been released on possible motives for the attack.
The residents who died ranged in age from 78 to 98. The nurse, Jerry Avant Jr., was 39.
Avant's sister told The New York Times that her brother died a hero while trying to stop the gunman.
Stwart, who was wounded and apprehended by police at the scene, is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder as well as felony assault of a law enforcement officer.
“He did have some violent tendencies from time to time,” Sue Griffin, Stewart's ex-wife, told The New York Times. “I wouldn’t put it past him. I hate to say it, but it is true.”
Many residents of the small community are relying on their faith to pull them trough the tragedy. According to The New York Times, most of the victims' families spent the day gathered at the First Baptist Church nearby.