(NEWSER) – It happened hundreds or thousands of times Saturday: A car spun out in icy conditions in North Carolina amid the blizzard blasting the East Coast.

But when three Good Samaritans stopped to help the hapless driver, police say they found 27-year-old Marvin Lee, who, as Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid puts it, "They thought he was drunk or on dope and said ‘let’s just call the law and let them deal with it." But even as the men were making that call, police say that Lee produced an automatic pistol and opened fire, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Photo: Catawba County Sheriff's Office

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