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A fight, a shooting, carjacking, a crash

Tampa police say a gunman shot a woman he was arguing with, fled and then shot himself.

Published January 31, 2007


TAMPA - Adrian Williams stood, nearly naked, a pistol to his head. His brother and a police officer implored him to drop the gun.

The hijacked car sat crashed next door. Its owner nursed injuries four blocks away, near the apartment where a woman lay bleeding. Police say Williams, 24, shot the woman, Mary A. Grayson, 27, seriously wounding her.

Everything had happened in minutes.

Neighbors at the North Boulevard Homes community heard Williams and Grayson arguing shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Then, police say, Williams shot Grayson at least once.

Williams ran outside with the gun and stopped a Cadillac Seville. He dragged out the driver, Gerry Neal McIntyre, jumped in and took off, police say. McIntyre was bloodied in the scuffle.

A few blocks away, in a front yard on Spruce Street, Williams' older brother Ronald Hudson barbecued chicken and played dominoes with friends.

Martha Perry, who was inside, saw the Cadillac coming. All she had time to think about was "me and my grandbabies, getting killed," she said.

The domino players scattered as the car crunched through the table and chairs into the front of the house.

Then Williams lurched from the car, gun in hand, Perry said. Perry watched Williams chase his brother around the side of the house.

Another neighbor, Karen Neves, saw them arguing. Williams wore only boxer shorts and white socks, she said.

Hudson, the brother, turned to walk away as police arrived.

Williams put the gun to his head and then slipped it below his chin. He pulled the trigger.

Neves saw Ronald Hudson kneel down next to his bleeding brother. She heard Hudson asking, "Why?"

And she saw Williams' lips move in response.

Rescuers raced him to the hospital.

Fifteen minutes later, the neighborhood swarmed with police split among three crime scenes: Grayson's apartment, the crash site, and the spot where Williams had fallen.

Williams and Grayson were taken to Tampa General Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition Tuesday night.

Michael A. Mohammed can be reached at 813 226-3404 or

[Last modified January 31, 2007, 01:39:29]

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