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Man shot to death in Hiddenite

Donald Joseph Kuhns

(Updated Oct. 3, 2:20 pm)

Murder charged in Hiddenite shooting

A Hiddenite man is dead and one of his neighbors has been arrested in a shooting incident which took place on Thursday evening. 

On October 2, 2014, at approximately 10:02 p.m., officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to 29 Johnny Walker Mobile Home Park in the Hiddenite Community. Upon arrival, officers found Johnny Dockery, age 47, suffering from what appears to be a single gunshot wound to the head at the residence of Donald Joseph Kuhns.

Dockery was transported by Alexander County EMS to Iredell Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  

Officers determined that Donald Joseph Kuhns, age 55, of Johnny Walker MHP was responsible for the shooting.   When officers arrived, Kuhns gave himself up without incident, said Chief Deputy Tod Jones. A revolver, the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting, was seized at the residence. Kuhns was arrested and taken into custody, where he was charged with murder. No bond was set. 

It appears that the cause of the incident was an ongoing civil dispute between Dockery and Kuhns. Alcohol was involved with both individuals, said Jones. The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy is being performed on the deceased.

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