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Woman shot and killed outside of Gastonia home; man arrested

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Jeffery Scott Hughes (Photo source: Gastonia Police Department) Jeffery Scott Hughes (Photo source: Gastonia Police Department)
Jeffery Scott Hughes (Photo source: Gastonia Police Department) Jeffery Scott Hughes (Photo source: Gastonia Police Department)

GASTONIA, NC  (WBTV) - A Dallas man has been arrested and charged in the murder of a 22-year-old Gaston County woman after an early morning shooting in Gastonia.

According to police, 30-year-old Jeffery Scott Hughes is facing murder charges after police say he shot and killed 22-year-old Amanda Brook Mabe outside of a home on the 900 block of Brown Street in Gastonia.

Officers were called to the home around 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning and found Mabe lying in the yard with a gunshot wound.

Gastonia police said an argument broke out between a group of people in front of the house and Hughes who was reportedly sitting in a green car.

Joe Gibson's house is just across the street where a shooting happened and he said he heard three shots before a car sped off. The house was struck several times according to Sergeant Jimmy Arndt with the Gastonia Police Department. Police say Mabe was hit in the shooting and died at the scene.

"As it was leaving the scene there was a witness that saw it." said Arndt.  "They got the direction of travel, vehicle description.  One of the officers stopped the vehicle."

Officers say they caught up with Hughes off Kiser Dairy Road and was taken into custody. After being questioned by police, he was charged with Murder in Mabe's death.  He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

A second man, 40-year-old Jimmy David Wright, of Gastonia was charged in the shooting as well. Wright was with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of Firearm by a Felon.

People who live in the area said they're tired of all the violence surrounding them.  Sounds of gunfire and police sirens have become a nightly occurrence to many we talked to.  Joe Gibson said the area around his home used to be in somewhat of a crime-free bubble.

He said there were problems to the north and south of him, but never at his front door like this.  That bubble of non-violence appears to have burst.

"I've been tired of it for years.  It's not a super-secret what's going on.  Maybe now, that this has happened, they'll do something," said Gibson.

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