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Two wanted for murder after shooting at NC furniture business. Witness: One suspect worked at the shop.

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Two Alexander County residents are wanted in connection with a shooting that left a woman dead at the furniture business TCS Designs on Wednesday afternoon. 

TCS employee Phelifia Michele Marlow, 51, was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon, according to the Hickory Police Department.

Tangela L. Parker is now wanted for first degree murder in Marlow's death.  Eric Parker is wanted to accessory after the fact to first degree murder. The suspects, who are described as armed and dangerous, left the scene in a beige 2019 Honda CRV with license tag FAM5669, according to police. 

Anyone with information on the case can call 828-328-5551.

Before police released the names, TCS employee Michael Baker described the scene.

Baker, 41, said a woman was shot shortly before 2:30 p.m.

He said a woman came in with a handgun and fired twice. The first shot missed and struck a rafter. The second shot hit a female employee in the head, Baker said.

“I seen the sparks from the first shot and then everybody said ‘gun’ and then everybody took off running,” Baker said. “Then you heard the second shot and then she dropped while everybody was running.”

Baker said the two women had an argument last week over moving some tables in the work area. He said the woman who fired the shots was sent home for three days for starting the argument.

He said she returned to work this week and there was no sign of lingering conflict before Wednesday, he said. 

Baker said he was shaken by the shooting.

“She’s a really sweet woman, the one that got shot,” Baker said.


Employees of TCS Design on Ninth Ave NE stand outside of the building as Hickory Police investigate a shooting at the business in northeast Hickory Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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