NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A suspect in a brutal Sunday evening crime spree made his first court appearance Monday.
Charles Williams, 25, is jailed on a $750,000 bond on a second-degree murder charge. More charges are expected to follow because New Orleans police say they've now linked Williams to several more crimes.
Police said Williams' rampage began around 4:30 p.m. when he drove up to a home in the 1900 block of St. Roch Avenue and opened fire, injuring three people. All were taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition. Police believe it was a domestic incident.
Afterward, investigators said Williams drove up to 38-year-old Lil'Ricky Goins at N. Galvez and Elysian Fields and opened fire, striking him several times. Goins crashed his car in the 2400 block of Elysian Fields and died.
From there, police said Williams committed two armed robberies and two carjackings, and at some point drove up to a vehicle at N. Claiborne and Kerlerec Street and shot a man in the face.
FOX 8 spoke with a friend of that victim. She said he was in a car with other people, including a 1-year-old child. The friend, a neighbor, said it was a random act that made no sense.
"The bullet went past [the driver] and hit him in the face. Come to find out, it actually went through his neck and hit his spine, so now we just hoping for the best, but he's alert today," the neighbor said. "They was coming up this way. The car stopped right there at Claiborne and Kerlerec, because she couldn't drive anymore. She was like, she couldn't do anything. She was just stuck."
Police said Williams then carjacked a woman in the 1700 block of Desire Parkway and drove back to the original crime scene, where police were investigating. They said Williams opened fire on officers, and NOPD Deputy Chief John Thomas received a graze wound to the chest.
He is in good condition.
Police chased Thomas and eventually caught him in Mid-City after he crashed the stole vehicle.
Williams told the judge Monday that he is unemployed and has an 11-month-old son.