Suspect in downtown Athens shooting that injured seven people surrenders


Pharoah Devonell Williams

By Joe Johnson

The suspect in the Sunday morning shooting that injured seven people surrendered Monday to authorities in Wilkes County, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Pharoah Devonell Williams, 21 of Athens is charge3d in warrants with seven counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession pf a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to police.

The incident reportedly happened shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday 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.

According to police seven people were shot and they were treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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

Lt. Shaun Barnett, public information officer for ACCPD, said the motive for the shooting continued to be investigated,” but we believe that (Williams) was associated with some of the people that were involved in the fight.”

Barnett said it was unclear why Williams surrendered in another county, and that he expected the suspect to be transported to the Clarke County Jail on Tuesday.

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