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Decatur Fire and Rescue paramedics attend to a shooting victim at 1409 First Avenue S.W. as police investigate Monday.
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Decatur Fire and Rescue paramedics attend to a shooting victim at 1409 First Avenue S.W. as police investigate Monday.

Woman shot in face; police seek husband

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

The hunt continued Monday night for a man suspected of shooting his wife at their Decatur residence.

Police said they considered AntwaneMarquette Williams “armed and dangerous.” Williams, 29, has a history of violence, said Lt. Nadis Carlisle, head of criminal investigations.

Police had not recovered the firearm, which they believe to be a small-caliber handgun, used in the 3:15 p.m. shooting.

Carlisle said 28-year-old Belinda Williams suffered at least one gunshot wound to the face.

Covered in blood, Williams sat upright on the gurney clutching a towel to her face as emergency personnel took her from the couple’s 1409 First Avenue S.W. residence.

She was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Police said they did not believe the injuries would prove life-threatening.

A neighbor, Threase Bynum, said she was pulling into her driveway two houses away when she heard a loud pop and saw Belinda Williams fall to the ground in her front yard. Then a man appeared.

“He ran up on her, and I heard the pop again,” Bynum said. “I didn’t see him at first. When I saw her hit the ground, that’s when he came from wherever he was and, I guess, shot her again. The second shot that I heard, he was close up on her.”

“I saw her run in the house. I was getting out of the car and could see him running through the alley. I knew something wasn’t right,” she said.

But Bynum said she didn’t suspect the sounds she had just heard might be gunshots.

“I thought it was a firecracker — one of those big ones that they have — because we've been hearing firecrackers since last night," she said.

Bynum said the man was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and dark-colored pants when she saw him in the alley behind the houses.

"Since my eyesight is not that good, I did not get a good look at his face," she said.

Bynum wasn't the only one who mistook the gunfire for firecrackers.

Ed and Abby Daggs live next door to Williams. Ed Daggs was taking a nap when a popping noise woke him.

"I thought it was a firecracker in a can or mailbox," Daggs said.

Abby Daggs said she heard two pops, but also assumed they were fireworks.

"There's always firecrackers going off this time of year, so I didn't think much of it. Then I looked outside and saw the police cars," she said.

Belinda Williams identified her husband as her attacker, Carlisle said.

Carlisle said the couple's children were not home at the time of the shooting, and were safe with relatives out of town.

Antwane Williams is 6 feet tall, weighs about 180 pounds and has black hair. He is believed to be from Texas. Neighbors said the family moved in about a year ago.

Bynum said the neighborhood is usually quiet.

"It made me nervous because nothing has happened in the two years I've lived here," she said. "... I never thought I'd be living two doors down from a woman who'd been shot, and I'd seen it. It's nerve-wracking."

Investigators asked anyone with information about Williams' whereabouts to call the police front desk at 341-4660 or the confidential tip line at 341-3646. They strongly cautioned anyone who sees Williams not to attempt to apprehend him.

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