The names of the victims killed in Tuesday’s shooting in rural Crawford County were revealed Wednesday, but a motive remains unclear.
Investigators believe 51-year-old Tim Adams shot and killed his 4-month-old grandson, Chayston Williams, his 4-year-old granddaughter, Kierra Adams, and 31-year-old Michael Williams, the father of Chayston and boyfriend to Tim Adams’ daughter, Ashley Adams, said Chief Deputy Jimmy Damante with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting happened north of the Alma city limits at 2127 Old Rudy Road, the home of Tim and Regina Adams, just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. Damante said Ashley Adams and Michael Williams had arrived at the home with the 4-month-old to pick up Kierra and another of Ashley’s daughters, a 3-year-old.
Investigators believe Ashley Adams went inside the home where her two daughters and Regina and Tim Adams were. Ashley Adams and Tim Adams got into an argument over Ashley Adams’ scheduled court appearance for Tuesday and what she would do with her children, Damante said.
Tim Adams went outside and retrieved a shotgun from of his pickup and shot Michael Williams, who had been waiting in the passenger side of the car with Chayston Williams in the back seat. Ashley Adams ran outside and got into a scuffle with her father, who broke free, went to the driver’s side of the car and shot the baby, Damante said.
Ashley Adams grabbed the infant and returned to the home, where Tim Adams pursued her. Regina Adams ran through the house with the 3- and 4-year-old girls to get away from Tim Adams. A shot was fired inside the home, but no one was injured, Damante said.
Regina and Ashley Adams ran out the back door with the two children. Tim Adams came outside. Regina Adams hid behind a pickup with the two girls, but Kierra stepped out and was shot in the back. Regina Adams then ran into the house with the 3-year-old, and Ashley Adams ran through the front door and placed the baby on a bed, Damante said.
A Crawford County deputy arrived at the scene to find Tim Adams outside talking on a cellphone behind the house. The deputy recognized Adams and pleaded with him to stop and put down the gun. Tim Adams then shot himself, Damante said.
Investigators are unsure with whom Tim Adams was talking on the cellphone. The bodies will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for examination, Damante said.