18-year-old shot and killed

Published 3:24 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Selma Police Department is investigating multiple shootings from overnight Tuesday that left an 18-year-old man dead and a 17-year-old boy injured.

Cedric Williams, 18, was shot and killed shortly after 1:30 a.m. on the 2500 block of Etheridge Avenue.

Earlier that night, police responded to a report of a juvenile gunshot victim that had been brought to Vaughan Regional Medical Center’s emergency room at approximately 10 p.m.

The teen had been shot in the thigh on the same block of Etheridge Avenue, according to Selma Police Department Lt. Johnny King.

The juvenile was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle by family members. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Several hours after the initial shooting, police responded to a second shooting on the same block.

Williams was outside a residence when he was shot and killed. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Investigators are still working to determine whether or not the two shootings are connected.

He said authorities have suspects in mind and believe more than one person was involved with the shootings.

“These gunslingers are going to understand is that they’re going to be sent off to prison for a long time when they get caught,” said District Attorney Michael Jackson.

Jackson believes the consistent gun violence in the city is a reflection of the lack of patrol officers available.

“These criminals have to see a police presence on a regular basis. That’s one of the main problems we’re having right now,” Jackson said. “There’s just not enough officers right now. Hopefully, that issue will be addressed in the near future.

Police encourage anyone with any information to call the secret witness line at (334) 874-2588 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-442-7463.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the age of the 17-year-old juvenile.