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HPD search for man involved in shooting

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 11:32 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Investigators are seeking the public's help in identifying a man with the nickname "Sonny."

The unidentified Michigan native is wanted for questioning in relation to a late-night shooting that killed Karras Lee Williams, a 38-year-old from Detroit. It happened just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday in an apartment at 1226 10th Ave. on Huntington's Southside.

The apartment's tenant, his girlfriend, her daughter and the man nicknamed Sonny were at the residence when the deceased and another man barged inside. Investigators believe the tenant and his girlfriend hid in a neighboring bedroom as Sonny and the deceased exchanged gunfire, said Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.

The tenant and his girlfriend speculate Sonny might have acted in self-defense. However, police were undecided Tuesday afternoon and still needed Sonny's side of the story.

"We need to identify him and find out his role," Lt. Williams said. "There are a number of possibilities, but without his input we're just left to assume some things. He could fill in the gaps and clarify the issue of what actually happened."

Investigators believe Sonny left the scene by jumping out of a second-story window and onto the roof of an adjoining carport. He is described as being a slender, dark-skinned black male who stands 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information about his actual identity or whereabouts should contact the Huntington Police Department at 304-696-4420 or 304-696-4444.

Investigators believe Karras Lee Williams and the second person, whose name has not been released, forced their way inside as the tenant opened the door. A verbal altercation ensued with Sonny, and the second person fled as events quickly grew violent, the lieutenant said.

Several gunshots followed.

A search warrant return states police recovered four fired bullets and as many shell casings, however Lt. John Williams would not specify the number of shots fired. He said investigators believe both men fired several rounds.

Police found Karras Lee Williams' body at the bottom of an entryway stairwell. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The lieutenant said investigators have located and interviewed the second man, however neither his identity nor his comments were disclosed Tuesday due to the detectives' desire to locate and speak with Sonny.

Lt. John Williams said detectives have several theories about what prompted the two men to hunt for Sonny, but those specifics also were withheld due to the ongoing investigation.

"It was just some kind of personal dispute," the lieutenant said.

In addition to the fired bullets and shell casings, the search warrant return also states officers seized a revolver from the building. The lieutenant did not disclose to whom that weapon belonged.

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