State police are now investigating the shooting death of a Chester City councilman who was killed in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday.
Odell Williams was shot once in the head Tuesday, according to the Chester County Coroner’s Office. Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said in a press conference that Williams was shot while driving, causing him to crash his car into a home on Roundtree Circle.
Underwood did not give a motive for the crime, but said investigators believe Williams was targeted. The sheriff noted that the shooting occurred in an area just outside the 5,600-resident town that is known for gang activity. He did not identify any suspects, however.
“We won’t go home until we catch them,” Underwood said.
Williams had served on the Chester council since 1997. The former police officer was arrested in March after the State Law Enforcement Division said he made a threat to the town’s police chief Andre Williams. The councilman admitted he had been mad at the chief, but denied at the time that his remarks were meant as a threat.
Chester Mayor Wanda Stringfellow said she was shocked at the news. “I am deeply saddened by this heinous act of violence,” she said in an email. “I am confident that the police will find out what happened and there will be justice served for this family and the people of Chester.”