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Gulfport musician who met a woman from social media says he was ambushed and shot

Tony Williams, 25, planned to meet up with a woman he met on social media but instead was shot twice in the stomach, Gulfport police say.
Tony Williams, 25, planned to meet up with a woman he met on social media but instead was shot twice in the stomach, Gulfport police say. Courtesy of Tony Williams

A 25-year-old man planned to meet up with a woman he met on social media but instead was shot twice in the stomach, Gulfport police say.

Tony Williams told the Sun Herald on Tuesday he had originally communicated with the woman through social media and agreed to meet her about 2 a.m. May 8. He said he got out of his car and started walking with the woman when two men came around a corner.

"I heard them say, 'We got you. Give it up,' " Williams said of the two men.

He said when he first saw the men he thought they were just playing. Then, he said, they shot him twice in the stomach.

He was able to drive himself to the hospital and told the Sun Herald he was released after three days. Somehow, Williams said, the bullets missed his intestines and organs and he's expected to make a full recovery.

Williams, who describes himself as an up-and-coming pop music and rap artist and goes by the name TonyP, said he has seen the two men accused of the shooting at his studio.

"I guess they thought I had money," Williams said. "That had to be the case."

It happened in the 1700 block of 65th Avenue, Gulfport Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

Three people have been arrested and face armed robbery and aggravated assault charges.

Arron Maiella Boudreaux, 22, of Gulfport was arrested about 3:15 a.m. Saturday by Gulfport officers, Fulks said, while Aundrea Lashann Mitchell of Ocean Springs and James Earl Walker III of Jayess, both 19, were arrested Monday in Columbia by police.

Boudreaux, Mitchell and Walker each face one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault with total bond amounts at $300,000, set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at mscoastcrimestoppers.com or 1-877-787-5898.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs
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