ATHENS, Ga. (CBS46) — The manhunt continues for 21-year-old Pharoah Williams, who police believe shot and injured seven people in downtown Athens over the weekend.

Police said an altercation broke out and they believe Williams, who was not believed to be in the fight, walked up and started shooting.

“We don’t feel like this was a random act where the community is at risk, we think he was involved with the parties that were involved in the altercation,” Clark County Police said.

Police said no students were hurt.

Sunday, CBS46 spoke to a mother whose son, nephew, and family friend were all shot.

My son, it hit him on his side, it ricocheted and hit my nephews inner thigh and then a bullet hit my daughter's best friend,” Libby Arnold said.

Arnold said they were just trying to have a fun family football game day in downtown Athens when the violence caught them by surprise.

“It was a terrible night. We didn’t ask for that," she said.

Libby said her family did not know the gunman, and didn’t get a good look at him, because they were trampled by the large crowd of people running from the gunfire.

Business owners in the area assisting police with camera footage said they are now beefing up security, so that families can feel safe.

“We all just got lucky,” Arnold said.

Students said they did receive an email from the University of Georgia notifying them about what happened.

Police said Williams is still considered armed and dangerous and they are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Copyright 2021 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.


Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.