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Man charged with shooting Butner McDonald's employee

Posted November 2, 2015
Updated November 3, 2015

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— A Creedmoor man faces assault and firearms charges after, police say, he walked into a Butner McDonald's and shot an employee Monday afternoon.

Donald Bowden, 21, of Radford Drive in Butner, was taken to Duke Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Witnesses told police that Eric Goss, 23, of Creedmoor, was the shooter, and he was found at his home on Harkey Lane. Police also confiscated Goss’ vehicle and a shotgun.

Nita Barnes, a woman who claimed to be Goss' aunt, said she believes he must have had a personal motive for the violent act.

"This is nothing like something he would do," said Barnes. "He's never been in no trouble. He's a good kid, and this is just out of nature for him."

Barnes said that she familiar with Bowden but didn't know him well. She said her nephew's girlfriend worked at the McDonald's with Bowden.

Goss faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. He was being held in the Granville County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.

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