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Tow-Truck Driver Dies After New Year's Day Shooting

Posted January 11, 2007 11:38 a.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2007 11:12 p.m. EST

— A tow-truck driver who was shot on New Year's Day while trying to move an illegally parked vehicle died Wednesday, officials said.

William Corbett, 25, was shot when he tried to tow a car parked outside a business across from a nightclub on North Church Street in Rocky Mount, police said. Witnesses said a large group of people left the club at about the same time Corbett was hooking the illegally parked car to his wrecker, and they surrounded him.

One man in the crowd pulled a gun, shot Corbett in the chest and fled, police said.

James Taylor Jr., 24, of 717 Starling Way in Rocky Mount, surrendered to police last week and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, police said.

There was no word on whether charges would be upgraded in the wake of Corbett's death.