GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) – Members of Flint Groves Missionary Baptist Church in Gastonia are stepping up to help a family in tough times.
Gastonia resident Greg McKee was paralyzed from the waist down after a bullet struck him in the back Saturday night.
McKee’s family was stopped at a rest area in Cabarrus County on their way home from a Thanksgiving trip. While McKee was in the restroom, two men approached him and then shot him when he began to run away.
The shooting victim’s wife, Terrie McKee, told WBTV her husband was paralyzed as a result of the attack. When McKee’s fellow church members found out about the incident, they knew they had to step in.
“We plan on helping them up-fit their home. It’s going to change everything-their house, their day to day life, their transportation,” explained Ronnie Bowers, Senior Pastor at Flint Groves Baptist Church.
Bowers said the church congregation has already started raising money for the family. He said the McKee’s have given a lot to the church over the years. He said Terrie McKee has worked a a teacher for the church’s religion classes and her husband has helped build many items used by the congregation.
“We’re going to use all the gifts and talents that we have and pay some of that back to them,” Bowers explained.
He said that the Flint Groves church family was shocked to learn of the incident. The church leader explained that the McKee’s were a family not deserving of such a tragedy.
“This is a guy who gives so freely. This is a guy who certainly didn’t deserve what happened to him.”
He said he is confident the family will overcome the tough times.
“I know them well enough to know that through all of this they’ll keep giving the glory to God. That’s just the kind of people they are,”the pastor explained.
Detective Pfister with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office told WBTV Monday evening that his agency is still following up on leads in the case. He said detectives had received numerous tips about the incident, but no suspects had been named in the case.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the McKee family. You can donate here.