ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- The family of a volunteer firefighter shot in the head during a home invasion just after Thanksgiving now says they need a miracle.
Marcus Kauffman’s family says he has new damage in his brain, and they're not sure whether to take him off life support.
Kauffman was shot on December 2 after he noticed the suspects’ vehicle parked near their home, and the vehicle appeared to be broken down.
He dropped off his wife at a nearby friend’s house, and returned to offer assistance to the occupants. Investigators say the car trouble appears to have been a setup.
When Kauffman returned, he discovered the suspects appeared to be removing items from his home, including a computer.
Kauffman called 911, and during the call he asked the suspects why they were taking his property. During this conversation, Kauffman told the dispatcher that shots were being fired and the call was lost.
Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies found Kauffman near the woods behind his home, in his car, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Officials say Kauffman apparently lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. He was airlifted to CMC Main.
Four people have been charged in the case.