Isaiah Williams
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

21-year-old charged in Atlanta University Center shooting

Atlanta police have charged a 21-year-old man in connection with a shooting that left four students wounded outside the Atlanta University Center library last month.

Isaiah Williams, who was seen in surveillance footage previously released by investigators, turned himself in to police Wednesday, authorities said.

He is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal attempt to commit murder, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said. 

Police said Williams is not enrolled at any of the AUC institutions.

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The shooting occurred Aug. 20, hours before the start of the new school year, AJC.com previously reported. The four students were attending a block party with about 200 others when shots rang out about 10:30 p.m.

The four women — two Spelman College students and two Clark Atlanta University students — were taken to a hospital with injuries ranging from graze wounds to gunshot wounds, according to Atlanta police.

“Initial investigation seems to indicate an argument broke out between two parties prior to the shooting,” Campos said. “It appears the women were not the intended targets of the shooting.” 

The students were identified as Erin Ennis, 18, of Powder Springs; Maia Williams-McLaren, 18, of Boston; Elyse Spencer, 18, of Rochester, N.Y.; and Kia Thomas, 19, of Jonesboro.

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Three of the women were taken by ambulance from the scene, while a fourth showed up at Grady Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound, police said. 

The gathering, hosted by a third-party event company, was supposed to be a celebration of the end of new student orientation and the start of classes the following day. It was an unsanctioned event, Atlanta University Center leaders said.

Clark Atlanta University President George T. French Jr., who took office this week, said officials are working with Atlanta police to improve safety on and around the campuses.

“The safety and security of our AUC family is our top priority,” French said in a statement. “We appreciate the Atlanta Police Department’s hard work during this investigation and their increased presence in and around our campuses.”

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Williams waived his first appearance hearing Thursday morning and remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond, records show.

The search continues for a second suspect believed to have exchanged gunfire with Williams, Campos said.

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Anyone with information on the outstanding suspect is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477 or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com. Tips can be sent anonymously and information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this investigation can earn tipsters up to $2,000.

— Staff writer Eric Stirgus contributed to this article.

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