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Two Men Charged in Bristol Twp. Shootings That Killed Two

May 9, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Antonetta Stancu, 215.348.6340, astancu@buckscounty.org
                Thomas C. Gannon, 215.348.6461, tcgannon@buckscounty.org

Gary Goddard Joseph Williams
       Gary Goddard                 Joseph Williams 

Two men have been charged in connection with gunfire that killed two young men Friday night in Bristol Township.

Gary Goddard, 48, of the 1700 block of Newport Road, Croydon, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with criminal homicide and possessing an instrument of crime in the shooting death of Zyisean McDuffie, 19.

McDuffie and Tommy Ballard, 19, both of Lower Bucks County, were fatally shot around 7 p.m. Friday during a confrontation in front of a home in the 900 block of Elmhurst Avenue.

Goddard was arraigned early Wednesday morning before Magisterial District Judge Leonard Brown, who ordered him held without bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled tentatively for May 16.

Also implicated in the gunfire was Joseph Williams, 19, of the 2100 block of Veterans Highway in Levittown. He was charged with attempted criminal homicide and related crimes after police said he fired shots at a third man, identified as Jahmier Wilson, 23, who fled.

Wilson has not been located, and investigators do not know whether he was wounded by the gunshots.

McDuffie and Ballard were taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where McDuffie was pronounced dead and Ballard died soon after arriving.

According to probable cause affidavits filed with the charges, Goddard’s teenage son and Williams were among a group of people who were on the lawn outside the Elmhurst Avenue residence when the incident began.

A gray Chrysler 300 sedan pulled up to the property, the affidavits said, and McDuffie, Ballard and Wilson got out. Wilson beckoned to Williams, and the two men began to argue, according to the court documents, while McDuffie began “flailing his fists and arms” at a group of men that included Goddard’s son.

Williams pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired several shots at Wilson, who ran away, the affidavits said. Two bullets hit the residence, where at least five people were inside, including a 3-year-old child.

In the meantime, the elder Goddard appeared from the direction of nearby Weston Avenue and approached McDuffie, according to Goddard’s probable cause affidavit. Goddard shot McDuffie once and, after McDuffie fell to the ground, stood over him and fired more shots into McDuffie’s body, the affidavit said.

A second older man appeared behind Goddard, witnesses told police, holding a gun with his arm extended. But no one saw him fire the weapon before he and Goddard retreated back to Weston Avenue, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said that witnesses heard Goddard calling back for his son to follow him.

Moments later, witnesses saw Goddard’s son riding away in a black SUV matching the description of his father’s vehicle, with an older man at the wheel, the affidavit said. Police subsequently interviewed a witness who identified the elder Goddard as the man who had shot McDuffie, the affidavit said.

Williams, meanwhile, ran with two other males from Elmhurst down Weston Avenue toward Winder Drive, his affidavit of probable cause said.

A surveillance camera video showed Williams going behind a home at 703 Winder Drive, the affidavit said, where investigators found a revolver with spent shell casings in the cylinder in the woods behind the home.

Williams was arrested nearby and arraigned Saturday morning before Magisterial District Judge Leonard J. Brown. The judge set bail at $750,000, 10 percent cash, and tentatively scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 16.

Police have yet to charge anyone with Ballard’s slaying, pending further investigation.

The shootings are being investigated by the Bristol Township Police Department and the Bucks County Detectives.

Prosecution of the case has been assigned to Deputy District Attorneys Antonetta Stancu and Thomas C. Gannon.

Criminal charges are allegations subject to proof in court. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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