North Carolina Man Given $5 Million Bond Following Keith Hawthorne Ford Dealership Shooting

This is a follow up article to: “Man Starts Shootout at Keith Hawthorne Ford in North Carolina, Now Charged with Attempted Murder and “ Police Respond to Officer-Involved Shooting Outside Keith Hawthorne Ford in North Carolina

Belmont Police charged him with eight counts of attempted murder, eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and eight counts of assault on a government official, as well as going armed to the terror of the public and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. 

Hoffman, who was shot several times by police, wasn’t booked into Gaston County Jail until Thursday afternoon, where he was placed on a hold.  

Gaston County District Court Judge Craig Collins gave Hoffman a $5 million bond during Hoffman’s first appearance Friday afternoon. 

Hoffman told Collins he has shopped at the dealership for the last “20 or 30 years” and has always carried a handgun with him. He said he was upset with the dealership that day.

Hoffman argued that Keith Hawthorne employees set him up by calling police, which led to an intense situation between Hoffman and police. 

“They’ve never had a problem with it [before],” Hoffman said. “I’m not a nut … I was just trying to get out of there.”  

Collins appointed legal counsel to Hoffman. If Hoffman posts bond, he will be required to wear an ankle monitor and stay away from Keith Hawthorne Ford, Collins said. 

Gastonia Police have visited Hoffman’s home on Duke Street four times since 2019, according to police records.  

Two of those occasions, which occurred in early February, were involuntary commitment calls, which are related to mental health problems, according to Gastonia Police. 

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 8.  

Source: Gastonia man given $5 million bond following Ford dealer shooting