Williams Pleads Guilty to Downtown Shooting

Cordale Williams, who police say shot at a man in a downtown Wheeling parking lot in June following a dispute over a woman, pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal possession of a firearm.

Williams, 32, of Wheeling pleaded guilty before Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. in federal court to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. At the time of his most recent arrest, Williams was on supervised release from prison after being convicted of drug trafficking.

According to a police report, Charles Waldrum, aka “MoonDog,” alerted officers to shots being fired near the 7-Eleven at 14th and Market streets about 1:30 a.m. June 22. After witnesses told officers Williams was the one who had pulled the trigger, Williams lifted his shirt to show he was not in possession of a gun and then tried to leave the scene.

Officers stopped Williams and approached David Lee, who reportedly was holding the handgun he claimed Williams had used to shoot at him. Lee said he and Williams were fighting over a girl prior to the shooting, and Williams abandoned the gun in the parking lot before officers arrived. Officers secured the gun from Lee and placed it in the trunk of the police cruiser.

The report states Lee and Williams were fighting when Williams allegedly retrieved a gun and put a round in the chamber. Lee was running from the parking lot when Williams allegedly shot at him. Lee told police he then turned around and saw Williams drop the gun.

A store employee told police he observed two men fighting but did not know either of their names. He said he watched one man run while the other retrieved a handgun. The employee then heard a single gunshot.

Williams faces up to 10 years in prison, as well as additional time for violating the terms of his supervised release. He was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending scheduling of a sentencing hearing in front of Stamp.

Following his arrest in June, Williams was charged in Ohio County Magistrate Court with attempted murder and wanton endangerment. Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Ghaphery on Tuesday said those charges have not been dismissed and the case remains open pending the conclusion of federal proceedings.