Who is Roger Dan Nobles? NC man shoots Black vet Stephen Addison dead in road rage
Roger Nobles Sr, 51, allegedly gunned down Stephen Addison, 32, military veteran and father-of-three, from the driver's seat of his pick up truck
FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA: Roger Dan Nobles, a White North Carolina motorist, has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing a Black motorcyclist in a road rage attack. The 51-year-old allegedly gunned down Stephen Addison, a 32-year-old military veteran and father-of-three, from the driver's seat of his pick-up truck. At the time of the attack, Addison was arguing with Nobles' son, Roger Nobles Jr, who had stepped out of the truck to confront Addison.
After the bullet hit Addison in the chest, Nobles Jr got back into his father's 1992 Chevy pick-up and the duo waited until the light turned green. They then drove away from the Fayetteville intersection of Skibo and Cliffdale roads, WRAL reported.
Nobles Sr was arrested soon after he arrived home. He has been charged with first-degree murder, while Nobles Jr has been taken into police custody and questioned. Nobles Jr allegedly remained calm and unsurprised when his father fired the gun. Nobles Jr, who is 25 according to public records, did not flinch when the bullet is fired, a footage of which has been reviewed by security analysts. They have claimed that he possibly anticipated that his father would pull the trigger. According to Anthony Waddy, an analyst with SAV Consulting, Nobles Jr 'cleared a path' for his father to fire the fatal shot.
Nobles Sr might also be charged for hate crimes after a neighbor claimed he had a history of racial abuse, having called her the N-word and putting her 'through hell'. "He done drove in my yard and took pictures of me on my porch," said neighbor Shahara Chance. "He's shot his gun in the air telling me to turn my music down. I done been through hell with this man," she added, claiming that she has been harassed by the man for years.
Addison's friends mourned his death, saying he was a 'great, loving soul'. "[He was] a loving, caring guy for anybody. He stayed out the way [and] was never in anybody's business," said Justin Cockrell, a friend of Addison's. "There won't be one bad word spoken about Stephen."
"It's just senseless. It's 2022, and we're still talking about road rage, I mean, come on. I lost my brother, for what? He has three kids ... he's a veteran and served in the military," he added.
Police have urged anyone with cellphone or dash camera video of the confrontation or the shooting to call the police department at 910-703-3499 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477 (TIPS).