Crime & Courts

After a warning about armed & dangerous shooting suspect, police use tip to find teen

Christian Jeral Williams
Christian Jeral Williams Lexington Police Department

The Lexington Police Department told residents in one neighborhood to lock their doors after a shooting Wednesday night, as they searched for the suspect.

The search initially came up empty, but an anonymous tip led to the arrest of Christian Jeral Williams, according to the police. The 18-year-old Gaston resident is currently behind bars, facing a number of charges.

The shooting occurred in the 300 block of Roberts Street, the Town and Country apartment complex, according to the police. That’s located about a mile away from the intersection of E. Main Street and North Lake Drive.

Officers were dispatched to the apartment complex just before 6:30 p.m., where they discovered a man who had suffered a gunshot wound to his chest, Inspector Melissa Silcox told The State.

The man was transported to an area hospital, but there was no word on his condition, other than he was alive when he was taken from the scene, according to Silcox.

There were reports of another man, identified as Williams, running from the scene of the shooting, Silcox said. Officers discovered a handgun in the area, but Silcox said the 18-year-old was still considered “armed and dangerous.”

Residents in the area were warned to “keep their doors locked,” as the police searched for the suspect with K-9 officers and air support from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division helicopter in the area, but did not find Williams.

After receiving a tip, the police said officers were dispatched to South Lake Drive, near Industrial Boulevard, just after 12:30 a.m. That’s where Williams was found and arrested, “without incident,” according to the police.

Williams was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center and charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, police reported. He was denied bond at a Thursday hearing.

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