17-year-old arrested in shooting death of 18-year-old

17-year-old arrested in shooting death of 18-year-old

DANVILLE — A Danville teen was behind bars on Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of another teen late Wednesday night near Lincoln Park.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said police picked up Morris L. Williams, 17, of Danville, on an arrest warrant for two counts of first-degree murder around 11:30 a.m. in the area of Woodbury and Harmon streets.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said that Adam R. Riley, 18, of Danville was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the Presence United Samaritans Medical Center emergency room.

The charges stem from the death of Mr. Riley, who was shot shortly before midnight on the city’s west side.

Police were notified of a shooting around midnight, Thomason said. Officers found a man lying beside a vehicle at Voorhees and Gilbert streets.

Thomason said that before Mr. Riley was taken to the hospital, he was able to give police a description of the person who shot him. He was taken by Medix Ambulance to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, where he died a short time later.

Johnson said that an autopsy conducted Thursday afternoon revealed that Mr. Riley was shot multiple times.

Police believe the shooting took place in the area of English and Sherman streets, Thomason said.

Thomason said Williams was taken into custody without incident. He is being held without bond at the Danville Public Safety Building pending his initial appearance at the Vermilion County Circuit Court.

Johnson said the Danville Police Department and the Vermilion County coroner’s office are continuing their investigation into the shooting.

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