Police investigating fatal shooting

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Victim identified as Cameron Wess Williamson, 17

By Randy Patrick

Updated 9:35 p.m. Four people have been arrested and jailed in the shooting death of a Bardstown teenager just after midnight Monday.


The suspects are Shamontay Jermare Adams, 21, who was charged with murder and first-degree robbery; Damion Paul Murphy, 18, and Alexis Gribbins, 19, both charged with complicity to murder and first-degree robbery; and Torique Shawne Griffin, 19, charged with complicity to murder and complicity to robbery.

Murphy gave his address as Lebanon, although Jailer Dorcas Figg said she thinks he lives in Louisville. The others’ addresses are listed as Campbellsville. Griffin is listed as a freshman wide receiver on the Campbellsville University football team.

Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin identified the victim as 17-year-old Cameron Wess Williamson, a Bardstown City Schools student.

Central Dispatch received a call at 12:32 a.m. about a gunshot victim at the FiveStar at the corner of West Stephen Foster Avenue and North Second Street.

Bardstown Police officers and Nelson County sheriff’s deputies responded, secured the scene and summed EMS. Williamson was pronounced dead at the scene, and the patrol officers called investigators and Deputy Coroner Brian Papenfuss.

Deputy Sheriff A.J. Lewis was one of the first on the scene at the FiveStar on West Stephen Foster Avenue, where the body was lying on the ground in front of the fuel pumps. He said he administered CPR, but the victim was already dead.

Bardstown Police Chief Steve Uram first described the victim as a white male in his early 20s.

“We don’t know who he is. He had no identification on him,” Uram said at the time  at the FiveStar on West Stephen Foster Avenue, where the boy’s body lay on the pavement in front of the gas pumps.

There were two people who had been with Williamson in a black or dark-colored car, and they were questioned separately, which led police to identify the two “persons of interest.”

The citations mention a black 1998 Toyota four-door vehicle.

In an interview at the FiveStar, Uram said officers got a report that the three people in the car that was removed from the scene and two others was reported to have occurred at the “log cabin,” the Speedy Mart at 450 E. Stephen Foster Ave., across from My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

“The shooting occurred there, and they drove down here,” he said.

However, around 2 a.m., police were seen talking to a young woman in the vicinity of the Old Bardstown Inn near the Speedy Mart, and in a press release sent out at 1:46 p.m., there was no mention of where the shooting occurred.

Later, Uram said the shooting happened in a strip mall near the Justice Center. It took awhile to confirm that was where it took place, he said.

In the press release, police said local detectives, working with the Campbellsville Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, located, contacted and arrested two people in Taylor County and returned them to Bardstown, where they were in custody. Detectives were following up on additional leads, and are investigating the incident as a homicide, it said.

The arrests were made within 12 hours of the shooting.

Later, the two who had been with Williamson in the car, Gribbins and Murphy, were also charged in the case.

According to the citations, Adams conspired with the three others to rob Williamson during a drug transaction. The 17-year-old was allegedly selling the accused marijuana.

Adams is accused of shooting Williamson in with a handgun during the robbery. He told police there was a struggle, and that the shooting was an accident.

Brent Holsclaw, superintendent of Bardstown City Schools, issued a statement Monday afternoon.

“All of us at Bardstown City Schools are saddened to learn that the young man who lost his life this morning is Cameron Williamson, one of our students,” he said.

The superintendent said the administration has counselors at the Alternative School, where Williamson was a student, and on the main school campus to support staff and students.

“We are certainly in prayer for Cameron’s family and friends as they deal with this tragic loss,” he said.

Reporter Kacie Goode also contributed to this story.