ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Rowan County deputies are trying to track down the person who shot a man in the head as he drove out of his own driveway.
Marcus Kaufman, 25, is fighting for his life at the hospital Tuesday morning.
Deputies have been combed the area near the home on Chenault Road near Cleveland, N.C., for nearly seven hours.
According to WSOC, a 911 call was placed to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office about 10:23 a.m. for a possible breaking and entering with shots being fired.
It was reported that Kaufman and his wife returned home from a Thanksgiving trip out of town when they saw someone in front of their home with a car that appeared to be broken down.
They said the situation made them feel uncomfortable.
Kaufman took his wife to a neighbor’s home and came back, a friend reported.
Moments later, the friend said they heard gunshots and then discovered Kaufman had been shot in the head while in his vehicle.
Investigators said Kaufman’s Acura struck a tree and was airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte for life-threatening injuries.
Officials are seeking information about a teal or blue car, possibly a Pontiac, that appeared to be broken down in connection with the crime.
Detectives said Kaufman’s home appeared to be broken into and items were taken.
It was reported that th ecouple had been married just a year and half and the wife is pregnant. Kaufman also is a volunteer fireman.
Deputies are urging anyone who may have traveled on Chenault Road Monday between 9 and 10:30 a.m. to contact authorities at 704-216-8687.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.