‘Turn yourself in’: Police search for couple after co-worker gunned down at Hickory furniture plant

Couple on the run after woman shot, killed co-worker at Hickory furniture plant, police say

HICKORY, N.C. — A woman and her husband are on the run after she shot and killed one of her co-workers Wednesday afternoon at a Hickory furniture plant, police said.

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. at TCS Design on 9th Avenue Northeast.

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Investigators told Channel 9 that Tangela Parker shot her coworker, 51-year-old Phelifia Marlow, during a dispute and then fled the scene with her husband, Eric Parker, who also worked at the plant. Marlow was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, where she later died.

Workers described hearing two shots and said the plant went under lockdown.

According to police, the couple was last seen leaving the business in a beige 2019 Honda CRV displaying North Carolina tag FAM5669. They should be considered armed and dangerous.

Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty spoke with the victim’s husband, Justin Marlow, on Thursday. He said his wife and Tangela Parker got into a dispute at work over some tables and that his wife had gone to management, claiming Tangela Parker had screamed at her. He said Tangela Parker was sent home for three days before returning to work earlier this week.

“My wife was a loving, caring, strong faith woman and always seen, always seen the best in everybody,” Justin Marlow said. “Always looked on the positive side, no matter how bad things was.”

Tangela Parker is wanted for first-degree murder. Eric Parker is wanted for accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Detectives said they have searched in several counties across the foothills for the couple.

“Turn yourself in and do the right thing,” Justin Marlow said. “You took my wife ... my daughter’s mother, my grandchild’s grandmother. You took a loving person out of selfishness.”

Anyone with information on the couple’s location is asked to contact Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.

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