Mother speaks out after father of four paralyzed in I-85 rest area shooting

Published: Nov. 29, 2015 at 9:27 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2015 at 9:27 PM EST
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Still from surveillance video (Source: Cabarrus County Sheriff's office)
Still from surveillance video (Source: Cabarrus County Sheriff's office)

CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office says they need help identifying a man who was seen at the I-85 rest area where a man was shot.

Saturday, around 8:00 p.m., deputies say a 43-year-old man, later identified as Greg McKee, was shot at the southbound rest area off of I-85 in Cabarrus County. Officials say he was not robbed.

McKee reportedly told deputies that he was washing his hands when two men came into the restroom and stood on either side of him. He said he turned to run out and that's when he was shot in the back. In a statement sent to WBTV, McKee's wife says that her husband was paralyzed from the waist down.

Terrie McKee writes that Greg was a father of four and that their family's lives have been changed forever.

"In a senseless, random act of violence, my husband's life, and our entire family's life, was forever changed," McKee writes. "We are now forced to deal with the ramifications of my husband being paralyzed from the waist down. While we desperately want these two men brought to justice, it is our fervent prayer that somehow they will come to know the only way to fill the vacuum that is in their empty hearts is by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There is no other way.

"Greg and I have 4 children all of whom have special needs ranging from autism to ADHD and diabetes and chronic migraines. Ages are 21 (autism), 18, 17 and 5.  Now we must deal with getting our home handicapped accessible and dealing with my husband's daily living needs. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother with chronic pain myself.

She ended her statement by saying, "The depth of the pain, heartache, and financial burden these two men caused cannot be measured."

McKee also spoke to WBTV about the incident in an on-camera interview Sunday evening.

"Hug your family tighter tonight because you have no idea what tomorrow may bring," she stated.

She described the incident as 'horrific' and said it was something you would hear about in the news, but never expect to deal with in real life.

"My daughter-five years old-was just sitting on the floor looking at her daddy in his own blood," McKee explained.

She said she didn't know whether or not the father of four would survive the incident. She said she has no idea why her husband was targeted and stated that the men didn't try to take any of his belongings.

"It could've been anybody. They could've shot my son," she elaborated.

A woman of Christian faith, McKee said she will forgive the suspects responsible if they repent for their sins.

"I pray to God that they will find someone who will introduce them to my savior Jesus Christ so that they will never hurt someone else again," she said.

McKee told WBTV she hasn't started to think about the new challenges her family will now face as a result of this tragedy.

Deputies say the man in the surveillance video immediately left the scene. It's who they are hoping to identify with the public's help.

If you know the identity of the person in the video, please call the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office at 704-920-3000 or to remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers through their website or call 704-93CRIME (704-932-7463). Those contacting Crime Stoppers may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

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