Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Argument Preceded Shooting; Victim Had Words with Suspect, Who Later Tried to Change His FAMU Tags

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Argument Preceded Shooting; Victim Had Words with Suspect, Who Later Tried to Change His FAMU Tags

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Byline: Dana Treen

A heated exchange at a Northside Jacksonville gas station may have sparked the fatal shooting of a Yulee man headed home from work.

Isreal Kevin Williams, 41, was charged Thursday with murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle. Less than 24 hours earlier, Thomas Eugene Schadowsky, 46, of Yulee, was found slumped over the wheel of his crashed pickup about 100 yards from the Dunn Avenue Gate station at Interstate 295.

Williams lived a little more than a mile from the scene.

Lt. Rob Schoonover said witnesses saw the two men arguing at the pumps after Schadowsky pulled in. The exchange escalated and Williams was seen following Schadowsky onto Dunn Avenue. He said a gunshot was heard about five seconds later.

Schadowsky was shot through the driver's window into his left arm and chest, a police report said. His truck and work trailer were found crashed into the woodline.

Schoonover said there was no surveillance footage at the store, but police were given a description of a burnt-orange Chevrolet Avalanche that matched one owned by Williams.

Distinguishing features on the vehicle were FAMU license tags on the front and back that police released in a description to the public.

On Wednesday, Williams went to a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Nassau County to report his FAMU tags stolen and ordered new plates, Schoonover said.

Police were told the old tags and other items were dumped into a commercial garbage container. Schoonover said police have checked containers near where Williams got the new plates, but have not found them or the weapon used in the shooting.

Williams was arrested after police went to his home at 5572 Ada Johnson Road. One phone call to police directed detectives there.

Schoonover said police are still determining what occurred in the exchange between the two men, but said the remarks may have had a racial overtone. Williams is black; Schadowsky was white.

"We are hearing some information that maybe some words were exchanged in reference to that," Schoonover said. "We're trying to determine what was actually said."

'CAME IN THERE FAST'

The argument started when Schadowsky "came in there fast and the suspect said something to him," Schoonover said. …

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