Man arraigned on homicide charge

A Philadelphia man has been arraigned on an open count of criminal homicide for allegedly shooting a North Carolina man after an argument inside a city lounge spilled out onto West Third Street, city police said.

Rashawn Jeffrey Williams, 32, who had been in custody since June 6 after his capture by U.S. Marshals Service in High Point, North Carolina, allegedly shot Aaron Coty Lowry, 30, of Maxton, N.C., about 2:36 a.m. June 1, outside the Lamphouse Hookah Lounge, 431 W. Third St., according to an affidavit by city police Agent Kevin G. Stiles.

Lowry died a short while later at the emergency room of Williamsport Regional Medical Center. The cause of his death was ruled a single gunshot wound to the upper chest, Stiles said.

The shooting was the result of an incident that started inside the business and spilled out into the street, according to Stiles.

Archie Ray Bell noticed Sheriah Worthy, Williams’ girlfriend, run out of the business, followed by Williams, who was apparently trying to assault the woman, Stiles said. When Lowry tried to intervene and throw a punch, Williams pulled a revolver and shot him, Stiles said. Williams then ordered Bell to “back up or I will give you one, too,” the affidavit states.

Williams is then believed to have gotten into a car driven by Erica Nichole Lambert, who has been charged in connection with driving him to Virginia. She’s been arrested and incarcerated.

During his arraignment before District Judge James G. Carn, Williams said he was living at a residence in the 600 block of Fourth Avenue with the mother of his children.

Because of prior convictions on robbery and trespass, Williams can not possess or carry a firearm, police said.

He also faces charges of aggravated and simple assault, possessing an instrument of crime and making terroristic threats.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Lycoming County Courthouse.