Second suspect arrested in I-85 shooting that left man partially paralyzed

A second man was arrested late Thursday in last month’s Interstate 85 rest stop shooting that left a Gaston County father of four paralyzed from the waist down.

Cabarrus County authorities said Friday that Terrell David Thomas, 29, of Charlotte, was arrested at an apartment in Queens, N.Y. Assisted by the FBI, Thomas was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Earlier this month, Cabarrus deputies arrested Darren Tyron Manuel, 26, of Charlotte in connection with the same shooting of 43-year-old Greg McKee.

Manuel was charged with the same two offenses as Thomas.

In October, Manuel was released from a North Carolina prison after serving five years for robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was still on probation for that offense.

Thomas was released from a North Carolina prison after nearly seven years in February, with his parole ending Oct. 31. He, too, was convicted of committing robbery with a dangerous weapon.

McKee and his family were traveling south back to Gaston County the evening of Nov. 28 when they stopped at the rest area near Dale Earnhardt Boulevard. While McKee used the bathroom, his family waited in the car.

As McKee washed his hands, two men approached, one standing on either side of him. After one of the suspects showed a gun, McKee tried to run. He was shot in the back.

The two men fled on foot.

Placing information about the case on the sheriff’s department Facebook page and notifying local and national news outlets, leads took investigators to an apartment in Queens, where Thomas was arrested and placed in the Metropolitan Detention Center without bond.

He will get an extradition hearing on the Cabarrus County charges, but authorities didn’t say when that would be.

If you have any information on this case, call 704-920-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 704-932-7463.

Staff researcher Maria David contributed to this report.

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