Man surrenders after shooting woman, pistol whipping her daughter

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 1, 2014) – A man accused of shooting a woman and pistol whipping her daughter on Indianapolis’ near east side surrendered to police Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Marlow Avenue, between State and Summit streets, just before 6:20 a.m.

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.

SWAT surrounded a house in the 300 block of Summit Street, where the suspect, 24-year-old Ronnell Williams, lived with his brother. After several hours of urging Williams to surrender, he walked outside with two children and two women around 9 a.m.

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

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

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