CHESTERFIELD, VA—The suspect in a Thursday night triple shooting in Chester that left three people, including two juveniles, injured made his first court appearance Monday.
Michael Derrick Williams, 35, is facing multiple charges after police said he shot three people at the Broadwater Apartments off of Harrowgate Road.
Monday morning, Williams was arraigned on firearms charges in the Chesterfield General District Court. He is set to be arriagned on malicious wounding charges in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations court Tuesday morning.
He is being held without bond.
Police also said Monday that Williams was in a relationship with the adult female victim, but was not related to the two juveniles, 16 and 10. The female victim is the mother of the two boys.
Police said all three victims are being treated at VCU Medical Center. Both boys have life-threatening injuries. Officials said the 16-year-old boy was trying to protect his mom and brother during the shooting.
The female victim was shot in the leg and is expected to recover.
Police heard gunfire and screams for help as they arrived on scene on Thursday. Officers opened fire on Williams after he exited the front door of the apartment, but did not hit him, police said.
Police officials said the suspect fled out of the back door of the Timsberry Terrace apartment, where more officers were waiting for him.
Officers described the scene as tense.
"The officers were calling for as many officers as they could, because it's rare that you pull up on a scene and you actually hear gunshots taking place and people screaming for help.," said Chesterfield Police Capt. Kevin Smith. "It's an active shooter call and it calls for all resources possible as quickly as possible."
The victim's names have not been released. 8News has learned the 16-year-old victim was also the victim of a 2011 assault and battery case. The suspected shooter in that case was convicted and sentenced to two years of probation.
Williams is being charged with three counts of malicious wounding, one count of burglary, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling and firearms charges. He is being held without bond.
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