Shooting suspect in SWAT standoff has long history of violent crime

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Ronnell Williams mug shot

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 1, 2014) – A man accused of shooting a woman and pistol whipping her daughter on Indianapolis’ near east side Wednesday morning has a long history of violent crime, FOX59 uncovered.

Wednesday morning, officers responded to a shooting near the intersection of Marlow Avenue, between State and Summit streets. Neighbors in the area told FOX59 they heard a woman’s voice, yelling about wanting her money. Moments later, they heard gunshots.

“We had information that he had run into a house,” said Sgt. Kendale Adams. “We had a female that was shot, so that is a very high intense situation that requires all the resources of the police department to mitigate.”

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said when officers arrived to the scene, they found Joyce Travis, 56, suffering from two gunshot wounds, including one to her neck. Police said Travis was awake and conscious when emergency crews arrived, and she was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in good condition.

Police said the woman’s daughter, 31-year-old Sylvantia Travis, was also taken to the hospital due to injuries as a result of being battered. Authorities believed she was pistol whipped.

Police said the suspect and victim’s daughter have been acquainted for some time, but the extent of their relationship is unknown.

SWAT surrounded a house in the 300 block of Summit Street, where the suspect, 24-year-old Ronnell Williams, lived with his brother.

“Everybody was scared,” said a witness named Lauren. “We were about to walk our kids to school and we couldn’t because it was a mess, it wasn’t safe.”

After several hours of urging Williams to surrender, he walked outside with two children and two women around 9 a.m.

“He came out with his hands up,” Lauren said. “He had blood on his shirt, so they made him take his shirt off. Then he started arguing with the police, so they apprehended him.”

Authorities said Williams was wanted on unrelated parole violations stemming from burglary and serious violent felon in possession of a handgun charges.

Police records indicate Williams has a long history of violent crime arrests. His first arrest came at the age of 12 after a fight at school.  Several other arrests in connection with fights followed.  When he was 15, he was arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver.  Most recently, in February 2013, he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting and stealing from a pregnant girlfriend.

Williams faces new preliminary charges of aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

The case is being reviewed by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to determine further charges in connection with the shooting.

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