WILMINGTON, NC (WECT/WNCN) – Shocking video shared on social media shows what appears to be a man beating a pregnant woman in the middle of a Wilmington street on Easter Sunday shortly before he was shot multiple times.
Wilmington police said the incident happened at the Houston Moore housing complex near 15th and Greenfield streets around 12:20 p.m. on April 21.
Antonio Spencer, 30, was reportedly assaulting a pregnant woman and can be seen in an online video grabbing, punching, and kicking the victim prior to the shooting.
Quaneik Allen, 20, said he heard the commotion, so he walked up to see what was going on.
“There was all this screaming and yelling, but before I could even ask what was going on, he had his gun out,” Allen said in a jailhouse interview with WECT following his arrest.
Allen said he and Spencer got into a scuffle and Spencer tried to take his gun out of his pants. That’s when Allen said he picked up Spencer’s gun and shot him five times before running into the woods. Allen was taken into custody by Wilmington police a short time later.
Spencer was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment and, as of Tuesday, has been released from the hospital. The pregnant victim, who did not want to be identified, said she was treated at the hospital and later released, adding that her baby was unharmed.
Allen was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury but online jail records indicate he is now facing an attempted first-degree murder charge. He’s currently in jail under a $560,000 bond.
Allen said he knew Spencer and thought they were on good terms. He went on to explain he is acquaintances with the pregnant woman in the video.
“I was cool with him. I don’t know what people got going on these days or why he was tripping,” Allen said during the jailhouse interview. “I’m pretty sure we could have handled it differently, but that man tried to take my life so I had to defend myself.”
Allen said he does not regret his actions.
“He was hitting a pregnant woman, then he had a gun on me, so it’s my life or his life, and I’d rather be ahead than dead,” Allen said.
On Wednesday morning, Spencer was charged with assault on a female, battery on an unborn child and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Spencer is being held under a $101,000 secured bond.