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Police arrest man in Holly Hill shooting

November 13, 2009


HOLLY HILL -- The shooting that left a Daytona Beach man dead was not intentional but rather the result of drunken gunplay, police said this afternoon.

Tony ""Zap'' Williams, 42, is under arrest this afternoon and will be charged with manslaughter and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

He fired off five shots from a.357 Magnum revolver Thursday night, then in a drunken haze, pointed the weapon at 41-year-old Terry Williams -- the two are not related -- and he pulled the trigger, forgetting that he still had one round left, Police Chief Mark Barker said.

""He shot the victim in the abdomen and he died instantly,'' Barker said.

When the shot rang out just after 7 p.m. and Terry Williams crumpled down to the grass, the group of men, who moments before had been laughing and drinking for at least two hours, scattered, police said.

Tony Williams and friend Erick Oliver, 25, panicked and decided to hide the victim's body, Barker said.

Oliver, who lives in the house next to the vacant lot, ran inside the residence and grabbed surgical gloves for himself and Tony Williams, Barker said. Oliver's grandfather is ill and there are surgical gloves in the home, Barker said.

"'They put on the gloves and they put the victim inside a trash can,'' Barker said.

For most of the day, investigators worked on the assumption that they had a murder on their hands. But the one factor that was missing was a motive, Barker said.

"'Witnesses had said that the gathering was very light,'' the chief said. ""There was no fighting or arguing.''

When police responded to the scene, the group had already bolted, but officer Rommel Scalf, who began combing the area for evidence, found Terry Williams inside a large green trash can, Barker said.

Officers also found the .357 Magnum hidden nearby.

Barker said Terry Williams, who lived on Park Drive in Daytona Beach, died almost instantly because the round from the weapon did extensive damage to his heart.

Investigators said Tony Williams, who has an extensive prison record dating back more than 20 years, will be charged with manslaughter and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

As for Oliver, it's still not clear what charges will be lodged against him, Barker said.

 

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