Police arrest Louisville man accused of shooting victim walking to West End School
Louisville Metro Police say they have arrested a man who shot another man while he was on his way to watch his son's kindergarten Christmas program.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they have arrested a man who shot another man while he was on his way to watch his son's kindergarten Christmas program.
According to an arrest report, 23-year-old Michael Andrews was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.
Police say that on Dec. 18, Andrews shot Aubrey Williams, Jr. once in the arm, shattering a bone.
Williams had just gotten out of a car and was walking to the West End School, at the corner of Virginia Avenue and S. 36th Street. Police say Andrews walked past Williams and fired one shot from a gun that was in his jacket pocket, shooting him in his lower arm.
According to the arrest report, Andrews them reached into his pocket, "as if to pull the gun out, but then looked at the victim and fled."
"Witnesses described a black male wearing a Pittsburgh Steeler jacket fleeing from the scene," the arrest warrant states, and police were able to determine the suspect's name during their investigation.
Williams was able to identify Andrews as the shooter when he was shown his photo, police say.
Police say Williams eventually had to have surgery.
A warrant was issued for Andrews' arrest on Jan. 19, and he was taken into custody yesterday. He is charged with first degree assault, and is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Williams spoke with reporters in the days following the attack against him.
"There was a guy kind of standing on the corner," Williams said, recalling the incident days later. "I didn't pay him any attention. He was crossing the street as I was turning onto 36th Street. I got out of my car, crossed the street going into the school and he walked up, walking this way and he just shot me."
After shooting Williams in the arm the suspect ran off.
"I never saw the gun. I think he shot through his jacket," added Williams.
The school was put on lockdown and Williams rushed himself toward the hospital.
"It went in there and came out the other side and shattered a bone there," explained Williams.
It was actually the second time Williams had been shot. The first time was in 1996 and it almost took his life. That's when he decided to get off the streets, get an education and speak out against gun violence.
"I've been praying for the person who shot me," he said.
That's why he doesn't want his attacker to go to jail.
"I'd love to sit down and talk to him and encourage him and find out what his issues are and see how we can help him. Prison, no. Help, yes," he said.
Williams also doesn't think he was the suspect's target.
"When I looked in his eyes, he looked like a lost soul. He looked empty. But he also looked as if he shot the wrong guy," he said.
Williams' father took a different stance. He offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could offer information that led to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.
"So many shootings are individuals who are doing these shootings and are never identified so maybe perhaps if we're able to identify these individuals then that may have some effect on this," said Aubrey Williams Sr.
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