CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man walked up to a news reporter and confessed to a deadly shooting on camera during a live news broadcast.
Aaron McGriff, 30, is now charged with the murder of 18-year-old Adrian Jamal Williams, Jr.
The shooting happened around 9:45 Monday morning in the woods off Wheatley Avenue in the Grier Heights neighborhood.
McGriff’s family flagged down a news crew so he could talk before turning himself into the police.
“You shot him?” asked NBC Charlotte reporter Tony Burbeck.
“Yes I did,” McGriff replied.
“You are confessing to a murder to us right now?” Burbeck asked.
“Yes, I am, but the story, it was in self-defense,” McGriff said.
McGriff alleges Williams took a gun from him Sunday.
Their argument continued when the two crossed paths again Monday.
“We had a dispute in the pathway and he went to reach for a gun. So he reached for his gun. I seen the handle of the gun. I pulled mine out and shot him, that’s what happened. We had a feud that happened that led up to this. He took a gun from me, which is the gun I took off him when I shot him. I took that gun when I shot him,” McGriff said.
“I’m sorry it took place like that. I’m sorry for all your family, all your family, your loved ones. I’m sorry it went down like that, but it was either him or me,” he added.