Suspect Named in Church Street Shooting

Suspect Named in Church Street Shooting
Photo of James Edward-Ahmad Williams Jr.
Photo of James Edward-Ahmad Williams Jr.

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – City of Florence Police say have named 20 year old James Edward-Ahmad Williams Jr. as a suspect in a shooting on Church Street.

Williams (A.K.A "Tampa") is wanted on charges of Armed Robbery, Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During a Violence Crime.

On Tuesday, Florence County emergency crews were dispatched to 417 South Church Street in reference to reports of a man who had been shot in the face, officials said.

The incident happened around 10 a.m.

Shortly after the incident Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler described this suspect as "A young black male in his early 20's…about six feet tall. And the only other description we have at this time is that he's possibly wearing a Wilson High School Hoodie."

While investigators said that man should be considered armed and dangerous, they believe the shooting was an isolated incident.

"We don't believe there is an immediate danger to this area. These individuals were known to each other," Heidler said.

Police seamed to concentrate on one apartment is particular. They snapped photos and collected evidence from that one unit.

Dale Purslow, who often visits the area for business, says the small cluster of apartments seems to have its fair share of trouble.

"That's always been a bad neighborhood to be honest with you. There is always drinking, drugs being sold over there, people hanging out and loud music," Purslow said.

Florence County Emergency Management said from January 1, 2014 until the shooting there 348 law enforcement calls to the apartments were recorded.

"They need to clear that area out, to be honest with you. I mean that's what I would do. If I had the money I would by the complex and kick everybody out and turn it into something different," Purslow said.

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