Family: Shooting victim Marco Kauffman’s condition has ‘worsened drastically’
The family of Marcus Kauffman, the western Rowan County man shot during a Dec. 2 break-in at his home, says his condition has “worsened drastically.”
An update posted today on the Facebook page “Praying for Marco” says this:
“In the last 24 hours, Marco’s condition has worsened drastically. A CT scan last night showed new damage to his brain, and his pressure levels were worse than ever.
“This morning the doctors expressed that they have done everything they can and that it may be time to let go. Please pray for wisdom from God to know whether or not to remove him from life support. Pray for peace, and for an overwhelming assurance of God’s presence and grace at this time.
“We have wept and prayed, surrendered Marco into God’s hands. We know that God is well able to heal him. But we also know that God does not always choose to heal. We have asked God to bring glory to His name in which ever way He chooses.”
A volunteer firefighter at the Scotch Irish department who goes by the nickname Marco, the 25-year-old Kauffman and his pregnant wife Maryann returned to their home on Chenault Road near Cleveland the morning of Dec. 2 to find a blue car near their home with the hood up.
Kauffman took his wife to a neighbor’s home before returning and asking the men at the car if they needed help. He soon realized, however, they had broken into his home. He called 911 and was driving away when one of the men shot him in the back of the head.
His car was found at the back of a nearby corn field, where he’d struck a tree.
He’s been at Carolinas Medical Center since the shooting.
Four men have been arrested.
Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, of Harmony, is charged with attempted murder, breaking and entering a building, larceny of a firearm and felony larceny. He is in the Rowan County jail under $5 million bond.
Jaylend Daquann Turner, 19, of Statesville, is charged with attempted murder, larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering a building and felony larceny. He’s jailed under $3 million bond.
Tramel Devon Hart, 18, and Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, are each charged with accessory after the fact and remain jailed under bonds of $500,000 apiece.