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Man who allegedly opened fire inside Cary Barnes & Noble remains jailed

Posted March 25, 2019 2:09 p.m. EDT
Updated March 25, 2019 7:18 p.m. EDT

— The man accused of firing a loaded pellet gun inside a Cary bookstore Friday night appeared in court Monday for a first appearance hearing.

Jonathan Kyle Courtney, 18, of Cary, did not speak during a court appearance before a Wake Country judge that lasted less than a minute.

Courtney has been charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, three counts of malicious assault in secret, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a barreled weapon into an occupied business and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

An arrest warrant shows that police found the suspect with an improvised explosive device during a search.

The judge decided to keep Courtney's bond at $560,000. He remained in the Wake County jail in lieu of the bond amount.

A man who was in court Monday declined to answer if he was related to Courtney. The unidentified man declined to speak to any reporters after the proceeding had ended.

According to people at the scene, Courtney walked into a Barnes & Noble book store on Maynard Road shortly after 7 p.m. and started shooting two pellet guns without without speaking..

Cary officials said a man and a woman suffered minor injuries as a result of the attack.

Investigators said at least one of the injured people who was hurt during the melee suffered a gun wound.

Witnesses said they heard multiple shots and the sound of breaking glass as customers ran to the back of the store and hid under tables.