'Self-defense' cited as reason woman will not be charged in deadly Food Lion parking lot shooting

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Deadly shooting in Food Lion parking lot ruled self-defense
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Deadly Raleigh Food Lion shooting ruled self-defense, following road rage incident, District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Following some confusion Thursday, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman spoke with ABC11 to explain why no charges were being filed in the deadly shooting outside a Food Lion.

On Wednesday, Steven McLamb, 49, was shot and killed shortly after 5 p.m. in the Food Lion parking lot in the Greystone Village Shopping Center.

Freeman said video from the incident helped make it obvious what really happened.

"We were fortunate to have access to various video. Also there were witnesses in the area that were able to give a pretty clear image as to what happened here," Freeman said.

The whole scene apparently started as an episode of road rage.

"Mr. McLamb was the aggressor," Freeman said. "He followed the other individual into the parking lot and upon getting out of his car -- approaching her car and attempting to get into her car -- she, acting in self-defense, shot and killed him."

The woman who shot McLamb had no criminal history and legally owned the gun she was carrying.

"I think what's really important here for people to understand is that provision in our law is not an invitation to vigilante justice, but it does allow when someone has a responsible fear for imminent death or bodily injury that you're allowed to protect yourself."

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