A Maxton, North Carolina, man's attempt to stop another man from apparently assaulting a woman on West Third Street early Sunday morning cost him his life, city police said.
Rashawn Jeffrey Williams, 32, of Philadelphia, pulled out a handgun and allegedly fired a single shot at Aaron Coty Lowry, striking the 30-year-old man in the chest in the 400 block of West Third Street about 2:40 a.m., Agent Kevin Stiles said.
"Back up or I will give you one, too," Williams told Lowry's friend and co-worker, Archie Ray Bell, who was standing next to Lowry when he was shot, Stiles said.
Unaware that he had been shot, Lowry, along with Bell, began chasing after Williams, who jumped into a gold-colored sedan and sped away, heading north on Center Street, Stiles said he was told.
Lowry didn't get very far before collapsing, Stiles said, adding that the victim was rushed to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where he died in the emergency room at 3:15 a.m.
A warrant has been filed for Williams' arrest, charging him with homicide and related offenses, Stiles said.
Described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 180 pounds and with brown hair, Williams is considered armed and dangerous, police said. Anyone who spots him or knows his whereabouts should call 911, police said.
The shooting was the result of a incident that started inside Lamphouse Hookah Lounge and spilled out into the street, Assistant Police Chief Timothy Miller told a reporter at the scene soon after the shooting.
Williams, his girlfriend, Sheriah Worthy, and Lowry all had been inside the business minutes before the shooting, Stiles said.
"We believe Williams was upset that his girlfriend was talking with another man inside the establishment," Miller said Sunday night.
Lowry had been talking with Worthy, Stiles said he was told. Soon after he stepped outside, Lowry was approached by Bell, Stiles said. Police sources said the two men worked together at a construction site in the city.
While the two men were outside, "Worthy came running out of the lounge, followed by Williams, who appeared to be attempting to assault her," Stiles said in an affidavit.
"As Worthy and Williams passed Lowry and Bell, Bell told Williams not to assault Worthy. Lowry then stepped in and attempted to punch Williams," Stiles said.
Williams then pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot at Lowry's chest, he added.
In addition to criminal homicide, Williams faces charges of aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats and several firearm violations, including convicted felon not to possess a firearm. He was convicted of robbery in 2005 and felony trespassing in 2007.