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One Walgreens employee released from hospital after Garner shooting

Posted February 26, 2019 9:37 a.m. EST
Updated February 27, 2019 7:27 a.m. EST

— A Walgreens employee who was shot on Feb. 14 while working at the pharmacy counter has been released from the hospital, according to officials.

Sarah Wright, the pharmacy manager, is out of the hospital, officials confirmed Tuesday. The second victim, Brandon Gordon, remained at WakeMed after receiving surgery at UNC.

Authorities said Stephen Denning, 60, of Garner, opened fire at the pharmacy counter inside the Walgreens at 1116 U.S. Highway 70 around 10 a.m. Officials said he had apparently experienced some type of issue with his medication.

Wright, 31, and Gordon, 33, both of Clayton, were hospitalized following the shooting.

Friends that spoke to WRAL's Amanda Lamb described Wright as "very sweet and very loving." They said said Wright "deals with tough situations with humor. She doesn’t take any punches."

Friends said that Wright has been talkative and has been able to interact with family, medical staff and investigators. She is married to a Johnston County attorney.

Denning lives within walking distance of the Walgreens. One neighbor said it would be hard to believe that Denning committed the crimes.

"They might even have the wrong guy because it just doesn't sound like him, nothing. It is that out of character," Corey Darden said.

Denning was arrested following the shooting. His motive for the shooting remain unknown.