Nursing home killer was after ex-wife

A PAINTER accused of a shooting rampage in a North Carolina nursing home may have been after his estranged wife when he killed seven residents and a nurse, authorities say.

Robert Stewart's wife, identified by a neighbour as Wanda Luck, was working as a nursing assistant at Pinelake Health and Rehab when he attacked armed with two guns on Sunday, said Carthage police chief Chris McKenzie. The two had not been separated for long.

"We can share this: This was not a random act of violence," said Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger.

Stewart appeared in court on Monday on eight counts of murder and a single charge of assault of a police officer. The shooting spree was ended by Master Officer Justin Garner, 25, who entered the nursing home alone as he responded to the police calls...


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