Suspect in deadly barber shop shooting arrested in Atlanta

December 14, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- A man who Richmond County deputies believe shot and killed one man and injured another early this morning has been arrested. 28-year-old Richard N. Williams of Augusta is in custody in Atlanta.

The deadly shooting happened on the 3300 block of Milledgeville Road at the Sharp Edge Barber Shop just after one o'clock this morning. Inside, investigators found one man dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The coroner says he's 35-year-old Robert Carroll of Thornhill Road in Augusta.

The other victim is 44-year-old Robert Lee Williams, the owner of the barber shop. He is in critical condition at MCG. Investigators say he was shot three times in the stomach and one time in the head.

The suspect, Richard N. Williams, is the nephew of Robert Williams.

According to Sgt. Richard Roundtree, Williams forced two people at gunpoint to go to Atlanta with him after the shooting. Roundtree says the kidnap victims managed to escape while Williams was attempting to book a hotel room in Dekalb County, and they alerted law enforcement.

Williams was taken into custody by local authorities and charged with kidnapping and drug charges. He was in possession of two handguns, one believed to be the murder weapon, cocaine, and marijuana.

Though Lt. Scott Peebles says Williams shot at them when they fled, the kidnap victims were not injured. Arrangements are being made to transport them back to Richmond County. Their identities are being withheld until after they have been formally interviewed by authorities.

Investigators say Richard Williams has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He also has a history of arrests, ranging from drug related offenses to weapons charges, and is currently on parole for a weapons-related offense.

He is expected to be charged with one count of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection to the deadly shooting.

Deputies are working on a possible motive. Right now, they say they aren't sure why this shooting happened. They believe until now, there hasn't been any problems between the suspected shooter and his victims.

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