From:              Hannibal Police Department

Date:               May 25, 2012           

Phone:            573-221-0987   

Fax:                 573-221-3966

Contact:          Lt. John Zerbonia


At 9:50 p.m. Thursday night officers of the Hannibal Police Department responded to calls of shots fired in the 400 block of Richmond. When officers arrived on scene, it was reported that unknown assailants fired shots at 27 year old Vanell B. Williams as he exited a residence and walked to his car. Williams, who is a resident of St. Louis, but frequents Hannibal, fled the scene. Officers later learned he had been transported to the Hannibal Regional Hospital by family members, where he was treated for a minor gunshot wound to his leg. This shooting appears to be an isolated incident focused at Williams, who refuses to cooperative with investigating officers. Although somewhat hampered by Williams lack of cooperation, this incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Hannibal Police Department.