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Norwich police arrested victim before fatal shooting

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Norwich — The victim in Tuesday’s fatal shooting on Lake Street had been arrested by Norwich police that morning on assault and attempted robbery charges after he had been released from the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center earlier that day.

Norwich police said Anthony Lashawn Williams, 39, of 152 High St., 2B, Baltic, was released from Corrigan on Tuesday morning and was charged at 10:15 a.m. on a warrant with first-degree assault and attempted accessory to first-degree robbery in connection with a Jan. 7 incident outside Mi Casa Restaurant on Main Street. Police said in the January incident, during an altercation, the victim was slashed in the face and Williams reportedly attempted to take money from the victim by force.

State court records show Williams posted the $150,000 surety bond and was released from custody and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Norwich Superior Court.

At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of a shooting on Lake Street. On Wednesday, police identified Williams as the victim and said he was transported to Backus Hospital, where he died. Police said Williams was the subject of a targeted attack in the shooting, which occurred near 36 Lake St.

Norwich police cited an ongoing investigation Thursday and declined to comment on whether the incidents were related.

Judicial Branch records indicate that in February, Williams was sentenced for recent convictions of driving under the influence, violation of probation, breach of peace, assault and reckless endangerment.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about Williams' shooting is asked to contact Detective Dennis Bialowas at (860) 886-5561, ext. 3157, or by email at dbialowas@cityofnorwich.org. Information also can be conveyed anonymously through the department's tip line, (860) 886-5561, ext. 4.

c.bessette@theday.com

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