A man returning to his Rowan County home after the Thanksgiving holiday Monday morning was shot by an apparent burglar, authorities said.
The Rowan Sheriff’s Office identified the injured man as Marcus Kaufman, 25, who was being treated for life-threatening injuries at Carolinas Medical Center late Monday.
Authorities say he likely encountered a teal or blue-colored car, possibly a Pontiac, that appeared to be broken down outside his home. Investigators had only a vague description of the man driving it, who has not been apprehended.
Kaufman called 911 to tell authorities his home was being burglarized “and then advised that shots were being fired, after which the call was cut off and ended,” according to a news release from the Rowan Sheriff’s Office.
When officers arrived, they found Kaufman a short distance from the home in his car, suffering from a gunshot wound. His Acura had left the road and struck a tree, further injuring him. He was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center.
Authorities say a deputy responding to the call was also run off the road by a white van that ran a stop sign. The deputy had only minor injuries. The van left the scene, but its owner was later located by the highway patrol and given a ticket.
Authorities encourage anyone who may have traveled Chenault Road on Monday between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to contact Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687. The Rowan Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime.
Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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