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Car connected to Rowan shooting suspect found in Alexander

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- Rowan County Sheriff’s Office
Khari Duane McClelland, 23, is wanted in connection with the shooting earlier this week of Rowan county resident Marcus Kauffman.

Authorities in Alexander County have joined in the search for a suspect in the shooting of a Rowan County firefighter after the discovery of a car early Thursday.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office says deputies found a car connected to Khari Duane McClelland, the 23-year-old suspect in the shooting of 25-year-old Marcus Kauffman on Monday.

Kauffman was shot in the head after he apparently confronted two men who were burglarizing his home in western Rowan County. Kauffman and his wife Maryann were returning from a Thanksgiving trip and found a blue sedan with the hood up, parked near their home.

Kauffman dropped off his wife at a neighbor’s residence, then went to his home on Chenault Drive near the town of Cleveland. Minutes later, Rowan County authorities received a 911 call from a man who said someone was burglarizing his house.

The man, thought to have been Kauffman, then told the 911 dispatcher that someone was shooting at him. The phone then went dead.

Kauffman remains in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center.

Late Tuesday, police discovered a computer stolen from Kauffman’s home at a residence in Statesville. That led Rowan County authorities to name McClelland as a suspect. They said he was known to frequent Iredell, Alexander and Catawba counties.

They say a second person also was involved, but they do not know the name of the other suspect.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office did not say where the car was found Thursday, but authorities said they joined with Rowan County investigators to search a home.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111.

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