A driver made a fatal mistake when he tried to unload his road rage on a lone woman in a North Carolina parking lot.
Fortunately for the female driver, she knew her Second Amendment rights.
Unfortunately for the road rage driver, she was ready and willing to exercise those God-given rights to defend herself.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told WTVD-TV that no charges were being filed in the case because the woman didn’t commit a crime when she legally defended herself with her firearm.
The incident occurred last Tuesday outside a Food Lion in Raleigh.
Apparently fueled by road rage, 49-year-old Steven McLamb followed a woman into the Food Lion parking lot in the Greystone Village Shopping Center shortly after 5 pm.
Freeman told WTVD that witnesses’ statements were supported by video of the incident and helped to clarify what led up to the shooting.
“We were fortunate to have access to various videos,” Freeman noted to the station.
“Also there were witnesses in the area that were interviewed and were able to give a pretty clear picture as to what happened here.”
WTVD said the fatal shooting apparently started as road rage.
“Mr. McLamb was the aggressor,” Freeman told the station.
“He followed the other individual into the parking lot and upon getting out of his car — approaching her car and attempting to get into her car — she, acting in self-defense, shot and killed him.”
The station added that McLamb later died at a hospital.
The woman who shot McLamb has no criminal history and legally owned the gun she was carrying, WTVD said.
“I think what’s really important here is for people to understand … that provision in our law is not, you know, an invitation to vigilante justice, but it does very clearly allow when someone has a responsible fear of imminent death or serious bodily injury that you are allowed to protect yourself,” Freeman told the station.
Lee Turner, a defense attorney, told WRAL-TV that McLamb “contributed to what occurred to him that day by his own actions.”
Turner also mentioned state Statute 14-51.2 — or the Castle Doctrine, WRAL said.
The statute says “your home, your automobile, your workplace are considered to be an individual’s castle, and you have a right to defend yourself inside those locations.”