Fort Bragg soldier, Fayetteville trucker earnestly tried to save motorcyclist's life after road rage shooting
Posted January 11, 2022 6:22 p.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2022 7:35 p.m. EST
Fayetteville, N.C. — Two bystanders who witnessed the road rage shooting of a Fayetteville motorcyclist say they sprang into action and did everything they could to save the man's life.
Stephen Addison, a 32-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by Roger Dale Nobles, 51, who is white, in a road rage confrontation on Jan. 3, officials said.
Alphonso Jones, a truck driver, was at the intersection of Cliffdale and Skibo roads when he saw Addison slipping through congested traffic on his motorcycle.
"He was weaving in between traffic to get closer so that he could get to the outside lane to make turn at that stop light at Cliffdale," Jones said.
Video sent to WRAL News on Tuesday shows Nobles' son, Roger Dale Nobles Jr., get out of the truck and argue with Addison before his father fires a shotgun from the truck's driver's seat. But Jones said that argument started long before the son got out of the truck.
"As the truck got right beside the motorcycle, they were arguing back and forth," Jones said. "The driver picked up the gun and pointed it at the victim on the motorcycle."
A Fort Bragg soldier who witnessed the killing spoke with WRAL News on the condition of anonymity.
She said she saw "almost everything."
"I was leaving Enterprise while the man from the truck and Stephen were arguing at the light before the man stepped out," she said. "Once I sat down in my car, I heard the gunshot, ran over there and started rendering aid to Stephen."
Both the soldier and Jones rushed to the scene to help save Addison’s life.
“Mr. Alphonso was there first and helped me take off his helmet," she said. "I then unzipped his jacked and looked for an entry/exit wound, proceeded to cover the gunshot wound while Mr. Alphonso prayed for the man.”
Jones said he thought the soldier acted courageously in that moment.
"By serving the country, and then her being there to assist with the aid as well," he said. "You know I feel like she's a hero."
To many, the most startling part of video of the shooting was the fact that Nobles Jr. did not try and help the man who was shot by his father.
Anthony Waddy, an analyst with SAV Consulting, said it appears that Nobles Jr. anticipated the shooting and cleared a path for his father to fire shots. As the shots were fired, Nobles Jr. didn't flinch, the video shows.
Nobles Sr. is charged with first-degree murder and remains in jail without bond.
Officials did take Nobles Jr. into custody but did not end up filing any charges against him. Nobles Sr., who admitted to firing the shot in an interview with police, faces a charge of first-degree murder.
Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West told WRAL News he was looking at all possible charges against Roger Dale Nobles, including hate crime charges. He said he'll weigh the evidence and do more interviews before making that decision.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group, has called for West to charge Nobles Sr. with a hate crime.
“In tragic incidents like this one, all evidence must be considered to determine possible motivation beyond ‘road rage,'" said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We call on law enforcement authorities to pursue possible hate crime charges in this case.”
Mayor Mitch Colvin released a statement on Tuesday night, saying he empathized with the hurt people are feeling after Addison's killing. He is asking for the public to "not resort to violence in any capacity at any point."
"Tonight, my thoughts are especially with the Addison and Walker families. As a father and an African American man, I can empathize with what these two families are experiencing during this turbulent time," he said.
Jason Walker was shot and killed by an off-duty Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy over the weekend.