Man accused of shooting 2 at Garner Walgreens released from hospital

Wake County News
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GARNER, N.C. (WNCN) – The man accused of shooting two employees at a Walgreens in Garner on Feb. 14 has been released from the hospital, Garner police said. 

Stephen Allen Denning, 60, was released from WakeMed Thursday and formally charged in connection with the shooting. 

Denning faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

He’s being held on a combined $2.05 million bond.

The weapon of mass destruction charge stems from police finding a sawed-off shotgun at his home. That gun was not used in the shooting at the Walgreens, police said. 

Sarah Wright, 31, and the other victim, 33-year-old Brandon Gordon, of Garner were listed in serious condition when they were transported to the hospital following the shooting.  

Wright was released from WakeMed on Wednesday. 

Gordon remains hospitalized. 

Denning is accused of pulling out a .45 caliber handgun and shooting Wright and Gordon at the pharmacy, police said. 

Warrants say Gordon was shot in the head. 

Police said it didn’t appear that robbery was a motivation in the shooting and that the shooting stemmed from an argument the suspect had with the pharmacist.

Denning lives on Henry Drive – which is a block from the Walgreens. 

Denning was later apprehended at the Golden Corral just north of the Walgreens in Raleigh when he was shot by a Wake County deputy, officials said.

Denning was originally charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, police said. 

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