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Greenville woman killed after argument over gunfire

Posted August 29, 2009

— Friends of a woman killed outside her Greenville home said she was shot by a man who she had got into an argument with for shooting a gun in the air several hours earlier.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports Lorraine Pearson, 47, died early Friday morning after she was shot in the neck.

Police say a murder warrant has been issued for Markelby Ward, 21, also known as "Scooter."

Neighbors said Pearson confronted Ward several hours before she was shot after Ward rode a bicycle down the street outside her Greenville home, firing a handgun in the air.

Friends said Ward shot the woman as the two began arguing again several hours later.

According to state Department of Correction records, Ward served 4 months in 2008 after his probation for larceny over $1,000 was revoked.


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  • Professor Aug 31, 2009

    it's NOT unlawful to shoot in the air.

    It should be, because when the bullet falls, where does it goes? Bullets falling from the sky has taken many lives because someone decided to shoot in the air. Will some ever learn?

  • Professor Aug 31, 2009

    Never, ever argue with a person who has a loaded gun. In this case it caused this lady's life. Not worth it. My condolences to her family.

  • ForestForestGump Aug 31, 2009

    And in my neighborhood, it's NOT unlawful to shoot in the air. The only thing it violates may possibly be a noise ordinace - but that's ONLY if the deputy hears the noise himself. Had several incidents - but thankfully the little hoodlum moved away. All's quiet ever since.

    I really hate the situation turned out like this. My guess is that she was merely trying to keep the peace in her little corner of the world.

  • familyfour Aug 31, 2009

    Wonder what kind of therapy they will give him for this?

    He needs to scoot his rear to jail.

  • LambeauSouth Aug 31, 2009

    and they wish to repeal the Felons with handguns law?

  • ConcernedNCC Aug 31, 2009

    He sounds like a "scooter".