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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Apr 1, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    I want to no why they are using my tax money to care for him.
  • by Stephanie Location: Roper on Apr 1, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    She might not have know it was her husband that was the shooter. And would any of you go to your husband/wife if you knew that came to your place of work with a gun?
  • by Amy Location: Washington on Mar 31, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    Concerned Citizen in Greenville, I couldn't agree with you more. If the person is without a doubt guilty of the crime, immediate punishment is due. And in this case, immediate DEATH. There is a place for animals like this!!
  • by Gloria on Mar 31, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    I agree. I am not sure she should be dismissed, although I see your point. Maybe when she hid, she knew who it was and thought he was only after her. There is always something to the story that you don't know. A lot to think about...
  • by will Location: here on Mar 31, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    dwayne: run for president. i would vote for ya.. im sorry for the family of all those that died, but as for the shooter i hope your last days are slow and painfull. pack alot of ice, cause your gonna need it where you are going!!!!
  • by To Dwayne Location: Greenville also on Mar 31, 2009 at 04:49 PM
  • by To Steve Location: Scotland Neck on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    Why should she be dismissed? Because of something her husband did? How is that right? His actions do not reflect on her as a caregiver.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    I have an idea on how to save taxpayer money. In cases like this we need to have oncall juries. In situations where crime is so heinous and the person is obviously guilty. Witnesses are brought in and the jury is convened the next day at the crime scene. The criminal is given a jury trial within 24 hrs of the event. And the death penalty needs to be punishment.
  • by Steve Location: Scotland Neck on Mar 31, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    I hope she is dismissed from her position at the Nursing Home. Her first thoughts should have been for the seven who ultimately lost their lives. What kind of care giver is she? I certainly would not hire her. Nor would I want ther to be on staff at my parent's Nursing Home.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Mar 31, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    My heart and thoughts are with you Wanda as you go through this horrible tragedy. May God bless you and be with you through all of this!
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