Arrest made in attempted murder that resulted in gunshots hitting Hamilton youth center

HAMILTON, Ohio -- One of two men suspected in an attempted murder plot that resulted in windows being shot out of a local youth club is in police custody.

Marcus Williams, 21, of East St. Louis, Illinois was arrested Friday after a joint investigation by Hamilton police, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Information and Identification, and multiple Illinois-based law enforcement agencies.

Police say Williams and another man fired shots at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday intending to hit a man at a home in the 1300 block of East Avenue.

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Authorities said the 42-year-old target of the shooting was not injured, but bullets struck a window of the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton nearby at 958 East Ave. 

At the time of the shooting, there were several children inside the club. None were injured, police said.

The 1300 block and the 900 block of East Avenue are adjoining, and are separated by Sipple Avenue.

Surveillance cameras in the area captured images of two men that police suspect may have been involved in the shooting. Police are still working to identify the other man.

Hamilton police indicated in a release that Wednesday's incident and several others in the city's second and fourth wards were not random acts of violence.

"They are the result of a small, isolated group of individuals, and are directed at specific individuals," the release reads. "Through aggressive and focused patrols in targeted areas, problems with this group of persons that has little or no regard for the safety of public is being actively and aggressively addressed by Hamilton police."

Williams is being held in the St. Clair County jail in Belleville, Illinois on a probation violation.

Hamilton police say a holder has been placed on him for extradition to Hamilton on the charge of attempted murder. More charges may be added in the future.

Officers ask that anyone with information on the identity of the men in the photos call the Hamilton Police Detective Section at 513-868-5811, extension 2002.

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