Minneapolis woman's jealous ex allegedly shot her eight times

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2011 - 9:54 PM

Gina N. Williams' 14-year-old daughter watched terrified as Keith A. Ammons, her mother's former longtime boyfriend, began shooting the 41-year-old Minneapolis woman, according to court documents.

The teenager heard three shots before she fled to a neighbor's home to call for help, then heard several more as she ran from the house, the documents said.

Ammons, 45, has been charged in Hennepin County District Court with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and illegally possessing a gun.

William survived Monday's attack, but is likely to be paralyzed, police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said.

The criminal complaint released Thursday said Williams was conscious but unable to move when police arrived at her home in the 3400 block of Sheridan Avenue N.

She told officers that she and Ammons had been together for 14 years before recently splitting. They still lived in the same house, however.

Ammons became angry Monday when Williams returned from a date, the complaint said. They argued and Ammons pulled a gun and shot her, the complaint said. Williams told police she believed that he quit firing only when the gun jammed.

Williams' daughter told police that she and her mom huddled together on the floor as Ammons kicked in the bedroom door. He pointed the gun at Williams and told her daughter to get out of the way, the complaint said. Then he started shooting.

Williams was shot eight times. She underwent surgery at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Bullets hit her spleen and bowel and damaged her spine, likely resulting in permanent paralysis, the complaint said.

Ammons is being held in the county jail in lieu of $2 million bail. His first court appearance is Friday.

Pat Pheifer • 612-673-7252

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