15-year-old Williams will be charged as an adult after July 9 shooting

Published 6:58 pm Saturday, July 14, 2018

Vicksburg police have released the name of the 15-year-old boy arrested in the July 9 shooting of a 17-year-old girl at 1001 East Street.

Keshawn Williams has been certified as an adult and charged with aggravated assault.

The drive-by shooting charge involves an incident that occurred about 2:51 a.m. July 9, about 12 hours before the girl was shot. She remains in stable condition at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

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Williams is being held without bond in the Warren County Jail following an initial appearance before Warren County Youth Judge John Price, who certified Williams as an adult.

His case will be sent to the next Warren County Grand Jury.

Warren County District Attorney Ricky Smith said under state law Williams was automatically certified because us used a gun in the commission of a crime.

“Anyone, from age 13 up who commits a violent crime using a firearm is automatically placed under the jurisdiction of the circuit court,” he said.

According to police reports, officers responding just before 2 p.m. July 9 to a 911 call that a 17-year-old girl had been shot in the in the neck at 1001 First East St. arrived to find the girl lying in the hall of the apartment complex and alert and talking.

She was taken to Merit Health River Region and later transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Williams, who police said left the scene after the shooting, was later taken into custody for questioning and arrested, and appeared before Price Tuesday.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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