Police identify suspect in downtown Athens shooting, injuries climb from five to seven


Pharoah Devonell Williams

By Joe Johnson

Athens-Clarke County police announced they have identified a suspect in a downtown shooting that injured seven people early Sunday morning.

Numerous warrants have been obtained for the arrest of 21-year-old Pharoah Devonell Williams of Athens.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Williams, who police said should be considered to be armed and dangerous.

" The shooter put a lot of lives at risk," said Lt. Shaun Barnett, ACCPD's public information officer.

The incident reportedly happened shortly before 2 a.m. when a large fight broke out in the intersection of East Clayton and North Jackson streets and Williams allegedly repeatedly fired a gun into the crowd that was fighting.

The site of Sunday morning's shooting incident (Photo by Abigail Johnson/Classic City News)

Barnett initially said five people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but he later learned that two other people injured during the incident arrived at the hospital on their own.

He said the victims ranged in age from 19 to 29, and none attended the University of Georgia.

A motive for the shooting was not released by police.

Anonymous calls can be made to the Crime Stoppers confidential trip line at (706) 705-4775.

Anyone with information about the incident isasked by police to contact Detective Scott Black at 762-400-7058 or scott.black@accgov.com.

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