Would-be robber ID'd as Covington man

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS — A would-be robber who was shot and killed by his intended victim was a resident of Covington, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

No criminal charges will be filed against the man who fatally shot the suspect, identified as Yuhanna Abdulah Williams, 30, in an apparent robbery attempt Saturday in the parking lot of a Salem Road grocery store.

The victim was carrying a gun in his holster and shot Williams, one of two assailants, during the struggle that occurred about 8 p.m. Saturday outside the Ingles grocery store, located at 2455 Salem Road.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office responded to the shooting after a deputy was flagged down by a group of people yelling that a person had been shot in the parking lot, according to RCSO reports released today.

RCSO spokeswoman Sgt. Jodi Shupe told the Citizen Monday that no charges will be filed against the robbery victim who fatally shot his assailant. She said the 22-year-old man had a gun permit for the weapon used in the shooting.

The robbery victim was treated at Rockdale Medical Center for injuries from the attack.

"He was checked out at the hospital and released right after," Shupe said.

The shooting stemmed from an armed robbery attempt in which the Conyers man was attacked at knife point by two men. There was struggle between the victim and the robbers that resulted in the death of Williams, who was shot in the head and died at the scene.

The other robber fled on foot and remains at large as of Monday, Shupe said.

The second suspect is described as a black man, about 6 feet, 4 inches tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a white hoodie.