TACOMA, WA – Today the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Billy Gene Williamson, 22, with one count of murder in the first degree and five counts of assault in the first degree for the shooting of a 15-year old boy. All charges are firearm enhanced. Two minor teenagers are on a 72-hour hold while charges are considered.
“This appears to be an argument over a girl,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “The victim came to a fist fight and instead walked into a gunfight. He was unarmed.”
On March 3, 2017, at about 7:37pm, Lakewood police officers responded to the area of 8300 83rd Ave. Ct. SW where a shooting had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers located a 15-year old boy who had been shot in the head. He later died from his injuries.
Officers located an adult witness, Joshua James, and three minors, who were all with the victim when he was shot and killed. Each reported that they observed a grey or silver car drive slowly by their location and heard a male voice say “aye” before shots were fired from the vehicle.
Officers located five .22 caliber shell casings and two .40 caliber shell casings in the area where shots were fired.
Witnesses told investigators that the shooting started with an argument over a girl earlier in the day.
Investigators contacted a minor witness identified only as J.C., who said that Williamson was dating his former girlfriend and that he and Williamson had been posting comments back and forth on Facebook about fighting one another. J.C. said he sent the defendant the GPS coordinates and invited him to fight.
J.C. and his friends were waiting in the stairwell at the Harrison apartments when the girlfriend, identified by the initials M.M., texted him to come out and fight. As the above mentioned car rolled by the victim was shot once in the head and died at the hospital.
Investigators say Williamson later contacted them and agreed to turn himself in and give a statement. He reported that M.M. told him that J.C. always has a gun and that they would get jumped, so they got a gun before going to the location to fight. He said that as they approached, the group fired shots at them, so they returned fire. Williamson told police he never intended to shoot anyone.