DETROIT, MI – A baby shower in Detroit took a tragic turn as a heated argument culminated in the fatal shooting of a grandmother, leaving her longtime friend in police custody. The incident occurred over the weekend, and the victim’s family has identified her as Phebe Williams.
Reports indicate that a woman in her 40s shot the victim during the argument at a Detroit home where the baby shower was being held. The suspect, whose identity has not been released by the police, was not invited to the event but attended nonetheless. The dispute allegedly revolved around one of Williams’ sons, who was also present at the baby shower. The suspect accused Williams’ son of a crime, a matter that had reportedly led her to visit the local police station days earlier.
According to Shavonda Carter, the victim’s niece, the argument escalated to the point where Williams hit her friend before the fatal shooting occurred. Carter expressed disbelief that a gun was brought into the dispute, especially considering the presence of children and numerous people in the house.
Following the shooting, the suspect fled to the Detroit police 9th Precinct, where the victim’s son pursued her and struck her with his vehicle, according to Detroit Police Captain Donna McCord. Currently, the suspect is receiving medical treatment at a local hospital. She is reportedly listed in serious condition. Both the suspect and the victim’s son are in police custody, but authorities have not yet announced any charges.
Phebe Williams is survived by two sons and three grandchildren, as stated in a GoFundMe campaign created by her family to cover funeral expenses. The fundraiser also described Williams as a person loved by everyone, remembered for her caring and kind-hearted nature and the joy she brought to those around her.