Police: Woman escaped shooter after boyfriend killed

2013-12-04T20:42:00Z 2013-12-05T13:40:06Z Police: Woman escaped shooter after boyfriend killedElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
December 04, 2013 8:42 pm  • 

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.

Williams told her he was going home with Reedus when she stopped to get gas. Once the three were back in the car, Williams told her to drop him off at his house instead.

Jester drove past Reedus' house and was stopped at a stop sign near 21st Avenue and Virginia Street when for unknown reasons Williams shot Reedus in the back of the head, according to the arrest affidavit. Williams fired another shot at Reedus, the report states.

Jester kept driving and Williams shot her on the side of her neck when they stopped at another stop sign, according to the affidavit.

Williams told her, "You have to die, too. You saw my face," according to the affidavit. He got out of the car and pulled Jester out of the car and onto the ground.

He pointed the gun at her to fire a shot, but the gun didn't go off, according to the arrest affidavit. She was able to run from Williams and tried to get help from several nearby houses.

According to the affidavit, Williams drove off with the minivan and Reedus, which prompted a police search for the car Monday morning.  

Jester was able to call police after she found a drunken man in a nearby garage and used his cellphone, according to the affidavit. She was treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. 

Gary police found the abandoned van with Reedus' body at 9:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Street. Reedus was pronounced dead by the Lake County coroner's office at 11:45 a.m. 

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