STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Statesville Police are looking for a man they say stabbed another man in a racially-charged incident Wednesday night.

Officials say a man was stabbed after following a vehicle whose occupants threw an item, damaging the victim's car.

Late Wednesday night, the victim told police that two men, who appeared intoxicated, were calling him derogatory racial terms while pumping gas at Sheetz in the 1200 block of Wilkesboro Highway.

The victim reported that one of the men then threw an object at his vehicle.

Both of the men got into a vehicle, described as a dark colored Toyota 4-Runner, driven by a woman, that appeared to have a child in the back and drove away.

The victim followed as they left to obtain the license plate number, and to speak to the man who damaged his car.

Police say the victim pulled up alongside the 4-Runner, and the man, who officials identified as Zachary Brian Willis, got out of the car, pulled a knife, and stabbed the victim in the arm several times.

Willis got back in the 4-Runner, and the driver sped away, westbound on I-40, officials say.

Statesville Investigators have obtained warrants on Willis for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, ethnic intimidation and property damage.

If you have information on Willis' whereabouts, please contact the Statesville Police Department at (704) 878-3406 or Crime Stoppers (704) 662-1340.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he's since been treated and released.

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