COLUMBIA, Pa. (WHTM) – A Columbia woman admitted to police officers that she shot another woman in a shopping center parking lot, but claimed she fired her handgun in self-defense, according to the criminal complaint.
Ashley Rose Curry, 31, of Columbia, told the officers, “I shot that (expletive). She deserved it,” the complaint states.
Curry was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and simple assault after the incident Tuesday afternoon at 960 Lancaster Avenue.
She is being held in the Lancaster County Prison on $100,000 bail.
In the charging document, police said Curry shot 31-year-old Jamie Roland after Roland and a friend intervened in Curry’s assault on another woman, Alicia Glenn-McCowin.
Roland was hospitalized for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
According to the complaint, Curry used racial slurs against Glenn-McCowin, kicked her in the legs and spit on her. When Roland and her friend intervened, Curry retreated to her vehicle where the argument continued until Curry pulled the .40-caliber pistol and shot Roland in the abdomen.
Curry and her boyfriend then locked themselves in her vehicle and waited for police.
Curry’s boyfriend told officers that Glenn-McCowin tailgated Curry into the parking lot and called her a heroin addict, but police said those claims were refuted by witnesses.
Police said Curry, Roland and Glenn-McCowin were unknown to each other before the incident.