Crime & Courts

Authorities search for Catawba County man accused of firing shot into woman’s car

Authorities are searching for a Catawba County man accused of firing a shot at a woman as he passed her car in western Lincoln County Wednesday night.

Sheriff’s investigators said Friday they have obtained warrants charging Bobby Lee Fish Jr., 35, of the town of Catawba, with discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill.

The victim told deputies the incident started when she went to buy gasoline at Dan’s Superette on N.C. 27 West.

When she pulled up to the pumps, she noticed a man in a white pickup truck staring at her. She decided to drive elsewhere for the gas but saw the truck following her.

The woman tried to get away from the man by driving south on N.C. 274, then turning around and driving north, but she was still being followed, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

The truck’s driver fired a shot from a handgun into the victim’s vehicle as the truck passed her, investigators said. The woman stopped in a driveway, went behind the home, called 911 and waited for a deputy.

Deputies found the pickup on Tommy’s Welding Shop Road. Two women were in the truck. They told officers that Fish owned the truck and that he had driven away in another vehicle.

Anyone with information on Fish’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for a tip leading to an arrest.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak