Sherri Williams, Birmingham, Alabama mother shot with 10-day-old son in her arms, Gate City housing

By Jon Reed, The Birmingham News via CNN

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Children were back to playing games and riding bikes at the Gate City housing complex Monday evening, but the loved ones of Sheri Williams were still in mourning.

One child strode up to Kerry Jackson, Williams's uncle, and hugged him. "Where's Sheri?" she asked.

"Sheri's not coming back," he said.

Williams, 24, was killed before 1 p.m. Monday when a bullet intended for somebody else hit her in the chest as she stood in the door of her apartment on 64th Court Way South, according to Birmingham police. Her 10-day-old son was in her arms, but was not hurt.

One man had been chasing another man down the street and shooting at him after the two got into a fight at a nearby restaurant, Birmingham Police Department spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. said.

"I can't say it was a stray bullet because a bullet doesn't have a name on it," Jackson said.

Sheri Williams was hit in the chest, Jackson said, and she was dead when authorities arrived at the scene. She had fallen onto a couch, Jackson said, her newborn child still in her arms.

Her six-year-old daughter had been at school, but her four-year-old son and her mother, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and whom Sheri had been taking care of, were in the home. Her mother was upstairs didn't find out that her daughter had been shot until a neighbor rushed over and told her, Jackson said.

Jackson said Sheri Williams was quiet, kept to herself and didn't want to live in Gate City anymore.

"For a long time she was trying to get out of here," he said.

Birmingham police have not made any arrests in the shooting, but they are looking for a black man in a white tank top and a black woman in a yellow shirt who is missing some braids. The two were last seen in a black Chrysler Sebring.

Jackson urged anyone who knew the shooter to turn him in.

"Just imagine if these kids would've been out here playing," he said. "All of the kids are out here, and someone could come through here shooting."


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