They arrested Darren Manuel Wednesday at his Charlotte home for shooting Greg McKee who had stopped with his family at the rest area while driving home from Thanksgiving out of town.
Paralyzed in a hospital bed, McKee wants to sit down the man deputies call his shooter.
“He said, ‘I just want to sit down with the guy, and I want to share Jesus with him.’ He said, It’s obvious he needs Jesus.’,” said Terrie McKee.
Deputies called his wife Terrie in the middle of the night Wednesday to tell her they got the man seen on camera before the shooting.
“It was a lot of sense of relief and a tiny little bit of closure,” said Terrie.
She, her husband and three of their children pulled into the exit 59 rest stop in Cabarrus County Saturday evening.
She and the kids were outside when they heard a gunshot.
Her 18-year-old son called 911.
WCCB Charlotte checked Manuel’s arrest record.
The 26-year-old has been in and out of prison since he was 12.
He got out of prison in October after serving five years for armed robbery.
Investigators think he and the second suspect were trying to rob the dad at the rest stop.
“It was devastating to this family very traumatic tragedy,” said Sheriff Brad Riley. “Justice is having someone like that taken off the streets.”
The family nervous the second suspect is still loose.
“If they do it to us, they’ll do it to somebody else,” said Terrie.
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