- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A man accused of killing two men in a Philadelphia-area apartment was in a jealous rage over a woman that both he and one of the victims had dated, authorities said.

Obrian Lewis, 24, of Philadelphia, was charged in Montgomery County with first-, second- and third-degree murder in Wednesday’s shooting deaths of Marcel Edwards and Quentin Watson Jr., both 26, in Norristown.

First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said Friday that Edwards and Lewis were in overlapping relationships with a woman who lives in the apartment. She told investigators that her relationship with the “very jealous” Lewis included physical abuse and alleged he had threatened to kill her in a phone conversation earlier that day.

Authorities allege Lewis broke into the apartment at about 11 p.m. Wednesday and fired at least 20 shots at the victims, some of them through a door. Detectives also determined that the defendant stood over the men when they were on the ground and fired down at them, “and those bullets went through the bodies and into the floor below,” Steele said.

Authorities also allege that Lewis then found the woman hiding in a closet and dragged her out by her hair and across the room, but she was able to escape. A 4-year-old boy was in the unit but was unharmed.

Steele credited Norristown police officer Miguel Montoya with confronting Lewis and recovering the weapon.

“That gun was still hot from all the shots that had been fired,” Steele said.

During his arraignment, Lewis said he acted in self-defense, and authorities said in an affidavit of probable cause that he told Montoya that “I was just attacked and I shot them.”

Court documents don’t list an attorney who could respond on his behalf.

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