Police identify man shot Thursday; police arrest accused gunman at northside residence

Victim Terry Williams
Posted: Jan. 3, 2013 4:34 pm Updated: Jan. 17, 2013 5:15 pm
Quincy police are on the scene of a reported shooting incident at 219 S. 11th. (H-W Photo/Don O'Brien)

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

11:30 a.m. UPDATE:

Vincent B. Carter, who was being sought in connection with a fatal shooting Thursday afternoon in downtown Quincy, was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, said Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley.

Copley said Carter was arrested at a residence on Quincy's north side wihtout incident. He credited tips from the community in helping capture Carter.

Members of the Quincy Police Department, Adams County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force were involved in Carter's capture. Copley said the investigation into the shooting is continuing.

The shooting left 53-year-old Terry L. Williams of Quincy dead.

Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard said Friday morning that an arrest warrant had been issued for Carter, 44, and he had been formally charged with first-degree murder. Bond was set at $1 million for Carter.

The shooting occurred during an altercation at an apartment complex at 219 S. 11th.

Quincy police Sgt. John Summers said Carter allegedly shot Williams after the altercation inside one of the units in the apartment complex. Summers said Williams was shot with a small-caliber handgun.

The name of the victim was not released until Friday morning.

On Thursday, as investigators combed the scene of the shooting, Coply said that Carter was "armed and dangeros. We are asking the public not apprehend him, but do report to us if they know his whereabouts. Please, we don't want anyone getting hurt, so don't try to take him into custody or stop him. Just report his whereabouts through Crime Stoppers at 228-4474."

Officers were dispatched to the scene at 3:09 p.m. Thursday. Within minutes, several patrol cars were on scene and began searching for Carter, who Copley said fled on foot afer the shooting. Williams was taken out on a stretcher by members of the Adams County EMS at about 3:30 p.m. and transported to Blessing Hospital.

Adams County Coroner James Keller said Williams was pronounced dead at 3:47 p.m. at the hospital. Keller said an autopsy would be performed Friday.

Summers said police officers searched "three or four" locations Thursday night, but Carter was not found. Summers said the department is being assisted by the Adams County Sheriff's Department and U.S. marshals.

A person who lives at the complex said the building has six units. The Adams County GIS website lists Ganad Trust as the owner of the building. Neil Klingenberg is listed as the trustee.

Copley stressed that the shooting wasn't a random act of violence.

"These were people who were in a location that knew each other," he said. "It's not street violence."

Copley said no one else in the apartment complex was injured.

"There were several people here, and that's how we were able to identify the suspect," Copley said.

Summers said Carter is originally from the Chicago area but has been living in Quincy "for a while."

Summers said the man was living at the place of the shooting with another person. He said Carter has a previous criminal history, but not in Adams County.

Williams' last known address was 529 Grant Drive. He was charged with felony theft in 2005 but pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge and served 82 days in the Adams County Jail.


This story has been updated and we will continue to update as new information becomes available.

Vince B. Carter


Bystanders look on as law enforcement officers work the scene of a shooting Thursday at 219 S. 11th in Quincy. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)


Adams County Sheriff's Department deputies use a police dog to search the area around the apartment complex at 219 S. 11th. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)