WRAL.com archive: Carthage nursing home shooting, March 2009

On March 29, 2009, an aggrieved ex-husband went looking for his former wife at the nursing home where she worked.

Robert Stewart sprayed bullets inside Pinelake Health and Rehab Center, killing Pinelake residents Tessie Garner, 75; Lillian Dunn, 89; Jesse Musser, 88; Bessie Hedrick, 78; John Goldston, 78; Margaret Johnson, 89; Louise De Kler, 98; and nurse Jerry Avant Jr., 39.

The rampage ended when 25-year-old Carthage Police Officer Justin Garner traded gunfire with Stewart in a hallway, wounding him.

Two years later, Stewart was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 141 to 179 years in prison.