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Police in Fayetteville, N.C. on Thursday arrested and charged a 24-year-old man accused of shooting his mother at the nail salon and spa where she worked.

Kevin Tyrone Powell was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury after walking into the salon — owned by his mother, Derema “Miss Dee” Burch — and shooting her in the face, ABC 11 reports.

Burch was working behind the counter when Powell arrived around 1:45 p.m.

From ABC 11:

Eyewitnesses in the store said that after shooting his mother, Powell ran out the back door of the spa but came back into the building while a customer cradled the wounded woman on the floor.

He was taken into custody, along with his gun and his car.

That customer, Diondra McKenzie, said she was in the back of the salon getting her nails done, when she heard a single shot. She said she saw Powell running for the back door but then he came back into the business.

“He didn’t say anything to me other than ‘Yeah, that’s my mom,’ He just stood over me while I’m on the ground with her, trying to help her breathe,” McKenzie said. “He was just standing there, just standing there watching me while I was on the ground with his mother, he wasn’t trying to help me or anything, he was just standing.”

The victim, who was eventually airlifted to another facility to treat her wound, is currently in critical but stable condition.

Police do not have a motive in the shooting, though friends and customers say Powell was struggling with “mental health issues.” Authorities set Powell’s bond at $750,000.

He remains in police custody.



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