Double Shooting – Killed – Damian Reedus (Gary, IN)

Damian Reedus

GARY | After seeing her boyfriend shot to death early Monday in Gary, a wounded 30-year-old woman was thrown to the ground and had a gun pointed at her, police said.

But the gun didn’t go off and the woman was able to run away to get help.

A suspect, Anthony T. Williams, 28, was charged Wednesday with murder, criminal recklessness, attempted murder, carjacking, aggravated battery and battery by means of a deadly weapon, according to an affidavit.

Damian Reedus, 34, of Gary, died Monday from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Lake County coroner’s office. His death was one of three homicides Gary police investigated Monday. The violent day brought Gary’s homicide total for this year to 52. Gary had 43 homicides in 2012.

Aja Jester, of Gary, told police Reedus had borrowed her car to watch a game with Williams and returned the car to her house at 3 a.m. Monday, according to the affidavit. Jester offered to give both a ride home.

Police spent the morning searching for the van and issued a description and license plate number hoping the public could help in locating it. King said the van with a dead man inside of it was found at 9:40 a.m. at East 19th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street.

Damian Reedus, 34, of the 6000 block of Hemlock Street, was pronounced dead at that site at 11:45 a.m., an investigator with the Lake County coroner’s office said.

Around 3:30 a.m. at 21st Avenue and Virginia Street, a man was fatally shot and his girlfriend wounded while riding in a 1991 Chrysler minivan with the gunman, according to King.

Anthony T. Williams pleaded guilty Friday to murder and attempted murder in exchange for a 55-year prison sentence.

Williams, 29, admitted he shot Damian Reedus, 34, in the head and neck, then shot Aja Jester, 33, in the neck. Jester managed to run away and get help. Williams was on probation at the time after serving a 20-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit murder.

The crimes occurred Dec. 2, 2013, less than three months after Williams’ release from the Indiana State Prison on the conspiracy charge, where he was to serve five years on probation.


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