North Carolina authorities are considering hate crime charges after a black man was shot dead during a road rage encounter with a white man and his son.
Motorcyclist Stephen Addison, 32, was allegedly killed by truck driver Roger Dale Nobles, 51, in a Fayetteville confrontation Monday, according to WRAL.
Roger Dale Nobles Jr, the suspect’s son, got out of his father’s truck to argue with Addison at a stoplight, before his father pulled a shotgun and fired it at the victim, according to footage of the incident obtained by the station.
Nobles Sr admitted to gunning down the father of three, and was charged with first-degree murder, the outlet reported. Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said he was reviewing the evidence and considering additional charges, including possible hate crime counts, in connection with the broad daylight ambush.
“If the evidence warrants that type of charge, it’s certainly something we would look at and pursue,” West reportedly said.
A neighbor of the suspect told the station that Nobles had a history of aggressive behavior and had used racial slurs against her.
“He done drove in my yard and took pictures of me on my porch. He’s shot his gun in the air telling me to turn my music down. I done been through hell with this man,” Shahara Chance reportedly said.