Atlanta Pastor Alex Williams Has Charge Dropped for Shooting Teen
Rev. Alex Williams, pastor of the Mechanicsville United Church of God in Christ on McDaniel Street in Fulton County, was arrested and charged May 7 with shooting a 13-year-old boy who was with a group throwing rocks.
The 13 year old had a bullet wound to his hip and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
On Friday morning, Williams appeared in court where the charge was being dropped. The pastor told Channel 2 that he was thanking the Lord.
Pastor Alex was asked if he would shoot again in similar circumstances. Williams said, “Yes. I don’t have no choice if I want to live, ’cause I could have been dead.”
One of the youths, Williams said, was “reaching to get his gun out, and I went on and fired.”
Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said an investigation determined that a group of boys were throwing rocks at Williams, his van and the pastor’s church building, and “at least one of those young men had a gun in his possession.”
Police were unable to determine whether the weapon was a real gun or a BB gun, but stated witnesses who saw the group of youngsters leaving the scene with a gun with them.