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Teen charged with six felonies for allegedly firing shots in Columbia


An Illinois man was charged Wednesday with six felonies for allegedly shooting from a vehicle over the weekend on Paris Road.

Dontay Williams, 18, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police surrounded an apartment in the Columbia Square Townhomes complex on Claudell Lane in west Columbia. He remained jailed Wednesday without bond.

Williams' address in court records is in Springfield, Illinois. Police in a news release Tuesday said Williams is living in Columbia.

Prosecutors charged Williams on Wednesday with three counts of armed criminal action, two counts of shooting from or at a moving vehicle and a single count of first-degree attempted assault.

Officers were called to the 1700 block of Paris Road at about 2:30 a.m. for a report of someone shooting from a white Lincoln that might have been heading to Columbia Square. Police later found the damaged Lincoln and recognized it from the description of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that same night, according to a probable cause statement.

A witness pointed police to social media posts in which Williams appeared with the owner of the Lincoln, the statement says. The owner of a vehicle hit by bullets that night gave a description that matched what Williams was wearing that night, police say.

Another man, Christopher L. Carter, was charged earlier this week with illegal gun possession and evidence tampering for allegedly trying to hide a gun that was fired during the early Sunday incident.

According to previous reporting, Williams was charged in Callaway County in December after leading deputies on a chase.

Williams was charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest by fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident that cause more than $1,000 worth of damage and two misdemeanors: Leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a highway without a license.

Williams has a hearing set for 9 a.m. Monday, May 13 at the Callaway County Courthouse.

According to the probable cause statement in that case, Williams allegedly admitted to stealing a Honda from Columbia in December and crashed it into a Missouri State Highway Patrol vehicle during the chase.

Demetrius Lamont Lea was also in the vehicle and was charged with second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and attempted identity theft, all misdemeanors. A hearing in his case is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 24.

Lea was also charged with second-degree assault on Dec. 5 and pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in February. He was sentenced to three years in prison. At the time of the chase, Lea had multiple warrants for failure to appear. He was sentenced to five years of probation for three cases.

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