Teenager shot was senior at Selma High School

Published 9:25 pm Thursday, March 31, 2016

Police confirmed Thursday that 18-year-old Cedric Williams, who was shot and killed Wednesday morning, was a student at Selma High School.

Williams, a senior, was killed outside his residence on the 2500 block of Etheridge Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. A 16-year-old was also shot that same night on a nearby street, but has since been treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.

Selma High School faculty and the Selma Police Department are working together to keep students safe and ensure counselors are in place to help with the grieving process.

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“A lot of times things happen within the community and it comes to school. The school has nothing to do with it, but it’s a ground where they all talk and where they all are,” said Selma High School principal Emma Theresa Alexander. “I know that being proactive is the way, rather than being reactive. We will be prepared.”

Selma City Schools are currently on spring break, but Alexander said she has spoken with the school’s counselors to make sure they are available for grief counseling. She said she is also taking the initiative to ask local authorities for additional security.

“We are going to sit down and look at the dynamics of things, so we can make sure that the environment for next week and thereafter is safe,” Alexander said.

Williams was shot once in the head, according to authorities. Sgt. Evelyn Ghant said Williams was with two to three family members and friends when the shooting occurred. None were injured.

Earlier that night, police responded to a report of a juvenile gunshot victim at Vaughan Regional Medical Center at approximately 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

Ghant said the 16-year-old victim was with one other person when the shooting occurred near the intersection of Minter Avenue and Cole Street, just within blocks of the shooting that occurred several hours later. The victim was transported in a private vehicle to the hospital. He was treated for one gunshot wound in the thigh area and later released.

Ghant said the shootings could be related given the times and locations, but police are unable make that determination at this point in the investigation.

She said investigators continue to interview people in the community for any leads.

“We appreciate any information they can give us,” Ghant said.

Lt. Johnny King said Wednesday that police believe more than one person was involved in the shootings.

“It was a very unfortunate event, especially with it being a senior, approximately 45 days from graduation, so that’s the sad part. Yet as the principal of the school, it is our job to ensure the safety of all of those who enter,” Alexander said.

Anyone with information regarding these shootings are encouraged to call the secret witness line at (334) 874-2588 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-442-7463.