Mom: Suspect's Wife Survived Nursing Home Shooting By Hiding

The nurse's assistant who may have been the target of a deadly nursing home rampage in North Carolina survived by hiding in a bathroom inside a locked area for Alzheimer's patients.

Margaret Neal said Tuesday that her daughter Wanda is devastated by the alleged actions of her estranged husband. Authorities say Robert Stewart killed seven residents and a nurse during Sunday's attack.

Neal said her daughter had left Stewart about a month ago and moved back to a home on the Neal family property. That property is about half an hour from the site of the shootings in Carthage.

Authorities are investigating whether Stewart's relationship with his wife was a motive behind the attack and have said his actions were not a random act of violence.

Detectives investigating a shooting rampage at a North Carolina nursing home still haven't completed a full interview with suspect Robert Stewart.

The Moore County sheriff's office says investigators are still talking to witnesses and others to gather all available information. They've also spoken with the suspect's wife, who works at the nursing home.

Authorities say Stewart and his wife had recently separated. They'd remarried seven years ago after divorcing in 1986.

The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Stewart is also known as "Pee Wee." He remains in a prison hospital, after being shot by a police officer during Sunday's rampage.

Authorities are identifying the victims of Sunday's shooting as a nurse at the facility and seven residents, ranging in age from 78 to 98.

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