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Grandma shot dead at baby shower by longtime friend: police

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A Michigan woman was fatally shot during an argument with a longtime friend while attending a baby shower, prompting the victim’s son to hit the suspect with his vehicle, according to local police .

The woman, identified by her family in a GoFundMe as Phebe Williams, 53, was attending a baby shower for her niece at a home on Edmore Street in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday when she got into an altercation with a friend.

Relatives of Williams, who had two sons and three grandchildren, told local station WXYZ that Williams’ longtime friend was not invited to the shower but showed up anyway.

The two women began arguing over one of Williams’ sons, who was also attending the baby shower, according to the outlet. The suspect, identified only by local media as a 46-year-old Ypsilanti woman, had accused Williams’ son of a crime and even went to the Detroit Police Department (DPD) days before the shooting deadly.

News week On Tuesday, we reached out to DPD via email and Facebook for comment and an update on the case.

Police tape is photographed at a crime scene in Monterey Park, California, January 22, 2023. A woman was fatally shot at a baby shower in Michigan by a longtime friend, police said.
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During the altercation, a relative of Williams said, the victim punched the suspect before the fatal shooting.

Williams’ niece, Shavonda Carter, told WXYZ that the suspect was a family friend.

“They were friends since they were kids,” Carter said. “I don’t understand why she would pull out a gun.”

The suspect left the Detroit home where the baby shower was being held and called police to report what she had done, DPD told local media. She went to DPD’s 9th Precinct on Gratiot Avenue, just a few miles from the house where the baby shower and shooting took place.

DPD Capt. Donna McCord told reporters Monday that Williams’ son followed the suspect and hit her with his car as she headed to the police station to turn herself in. The son, who has not been identified, was taken into custody, the DPD said.

The woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition, McCord said. His condition was unknown Tuesday evening.

The suspect’s family members told WXYZ they believe she acted in self-defense during the deadly altercation with Williams.

However, Williams’ family said there was never a need to bring a gun into this situation.

“You could have just fought,” Carter told the TV station. “You didn’t have to pull out a gun. “There are kids in the house. There are a lot of people in the house, so why would you pull out a gun?”

Detroit police homicide detectives investigating the case will deliver their findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, which will determine formal charges.

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