On April 23rd, 2015 a man entered Beasley Power Equipment on Highway 16 South of Taylorsville around 4:15pm. The subject spent a few moments in the store then fled with a chainsaw. He got into a vehicle occupied by the driver and another man. Beasley who is the son of the store’s owners followed the man into the parking lot. Beasley as was shown on video firing two shots with a handgun into the getaway vehicle. One shot struck the steering wheel of the car, the other shot struck 33 year old Marshall Scott Evans of Morganton in the head. Evans was the driver of the vehicle. Evans was able to drive a short distance when one of the other occupants of the car took the wheel. The vehicle was stopped by Taylorsville Police a short while later near the store where the shooting had occurred.
Evans was airlifted to the Carolinas Regional Medical Center in Charlotte with severe head trauma from the gunshot. Evans was eventually transferred to a Rehabilitation Center.
Beasley was represented by Attorney Robert Campbell of Taylorsville