Authorities in Rowan, Iredell and Alexander counties are continuing to hunt for two of four suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of a Rowan County man during a home burglary Monday.
Marcus “Marco” Kauffman, 25, was shot in the back of the head after returning home from a Thanksgiving trip with his pregnant wife. He remained in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center on Saturday.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said it believes two men were involved in the shooting while two other men were accomplices afterward.
Friday night, the Sheriff’s Office arrested Jaylend Daquann Turner, 19, and Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, who are both from Statesville. Turner was charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of a firearm and felony larceny. Teasley was charged with felony accessory after the fact.
They were taken to Rowan County Detention Center, with Turner under a $3 million bond and Teasley under a $500,000 bond. Turner also has a pending trial for misdemeanor charges of larceny and assault on a female, records show.
Authorities are still looking for Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, of Harmony, whom deputies believe was involved in the burglary and shooting. Records show McClelland was convicted of three breaking-and-entering charges since 2009, one of which was a felony.
Deputies are also seeking Tramel Devon Hart, 18, of Harmony, on an accessory-after-the-fact charge. Hart has misdemeanor drug charges pending, records show.
Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Kauffman is a volunteer firefighter who is active in church and community groups. He and his wife, Maryann, were returning from a Thanksgiving weekend trip Monday when they saw a car, apparently broken down, parked near their home.
Authorities say Kauffman dropped his wife off at a neighbor’s residence, then returned to his home.
Minutes later, a Rowan County 911 dispatcher received a phone call from a man, later identified as Kauffman, who said someone was taking items from his home. Then he said someone was shooting at him. The phone went dead.
Arrest warrants in the case indicate that two computers, a gaming system and a gun were taken from Kauffman’s residence. Statesville police found a computer, determined to be Kauffman’s, at a home in that city late Tuesday.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Rowan County detectives at 704-216-8683 or 704-216-8687.
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