Antonio Williams and his girlfriend Marvintavia Farris were driving their 4-year-old to daycare and newborn baby to a check-up at the doctors office Wednesday when they saw it.
A man was shaking a woman like a ragdoll beside a car stopped on West Sugar Creek Road, Williams said.
My first instinct was just to observe, call 911 and keep going, said Williams, a 38-year-old North Charlotte resident. But Farris, 20, thought they should do something more.
She wanted me to physically make sure he stopped pounding on that girl, Williams said Friday. My girl said, Youve got to help her.
After protesting that he didnt want to get involved in someone elses domestic dispute, Williams eventually caved in. Hes always admired what he calls his girlfriends righteousness.
But when Williams walked over to the fighting couple, the man pulled out a gun. Farris, who had also approached the car, was shot in the leg.
He shot like three or four times, Williams said, recalling the event from his home as he packed a bag of diapers to take to the house where Farris mom lives and where she is being cared for. After I heard the second or third shot, the bullet went right past me and hit my lady in the leg.
She said, Baby, baby! Im hit. Im shot!
Williams said he knelt on the ground next to Farris, took his shirt off and tied it around her leg to stop the bleeding while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
Police later apprehended the suspect, identified as Deandre White, an 18-year-old Charlotte man with a long rap sheet. White is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon; felony fleeing to elude arrest; reckless driving, hit and run; driving with no operators license; speeding; misdemeanor resisting a public officer; and possession of marijuana.
Farris desire to help a woman she didnt even know was a noble one, Williams said, but one that landed her in the hospital with a bullet in her leg and has left the couple and their three young children focused on Farris recovery with Christmas just days away.
I told her thats why we dont get in the middle of somebody elses dispute, Williams said. But we couldnt help it, because that girl was so small and hes snatching her up and shaking her. She couldnt take it; that girl couldnt take that.
Farris didnt want to talk to the media about her actions, Williams said, and the family hopes that no more trouble comes from their good intentions. Already, theyre trying to figure out how to catch up on buying Christmas presents while Farris is recuperating. She still cant put any weight on her leg, Williams said, and shes unable to work her two jobs, one at a local hospital and the other at J.C. Penney.
Shes only been out of the hospital from having the baby for about two months now, and she had just gone back to work, said Williams, who is a delivery man for a local company. Now shes out of work again.
Officers apprehended White a short time after the shooting, because they spotted his vehicle near The Plaza and Wilann Drive and he eventually wrecked with another car that had stopped on Hickory Grove Road near East W.T. Harris Boulevard, police said. The suspect ran from the car and headed toward a gas station, where he was caught.
The female passenger was no longer in the car at that time, police said.
White is being held under $128,600 bond in the Mecklenburg County jail.
Police ask that anyone with information about the case contact Crime Stoppers, at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.
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