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Shooting victim speaks out

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

"It was terrifying," said Wilma Rice.

Christmas day is forever changed for Rice.

"I knew for sure he was trying to kill me," she said.

Authorities say just before two Friday afternoon, Rice's ex-boyfriend, 59 year-old Marshall Ray Brown. allegedly showed up at the grocery store she owns in Kings Mountain.

Rice and her family were loading up the car with food for their holiday dinner, when they say Brown opened fire - injuring Rice, along with her 24 year-old niece, Catherine Ping.

Brown left after the shooting, and shot and killed himself.

Rice says she had worried things might turn violent.

She says she'd broken up with Brown, and he wasn't taking it well.

"He was getting more and more dangerous," Rice said, "When people follow you with their lights off in the night-time - there's something wrong there."

She'd gone to local authorities, who she says told her there wasn't much that could be done.

"I asked 'does he have to hurt me first, before I get anything done?," Rice said, "They said it was the law."

The day of the shooting, Brown was supposed to move the rest of his things out of Rice's home.

Rice would like to see changes in the law, to prevent more tragic situations like this one.

"I'm sorry it had to end this way - I loved his children," Rice said, "And I would never want to see anything happen to him."


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