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Downtown shooting suspect in custody

The suspect in Sunday's downtown shooting is in police custody after turning himself in at the Wilkes County Jail, according to a release from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

Police say that Pharoah Devonell Williams, 21, discharged a firearm into a crowd after a brawl broke out in downtown Athens shortly before 2:00 am on Sunday. The shooting led to five victims being transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two additional victims were treated later.

Williams is being charged with seven counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to an ACCPD spokesperson.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Scott Black at (762) 400-7058 or via email at scott.black@accgov.com. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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