Investigators in Carteret County say 24-year-old Kevin Wells is accused of striking 22-year-old Shawn Dixon with a baseball bat at Zingo's gas station Saturday night. Zingo's is on Highway 101 outside of Beaufort.
Deputies say the argument stemmed over a female that both men had prior relationships with.
Dixon suffered severe head injuries and was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center. He is listed in stable condition.
Wells is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. His bond was set at $25,000.