4 arrested in Bardstown teen's murder

Published: May. 15, 2017 at 6:33 AM EDT
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A teenager was fatally shot in Nelson County early Monday, and police said they have the person who pulled the trigger in custody.

Cameron Williamson, 17, was killed just a block away from where he lived.

The 911 call came in at 12:45 a.m., and by 5:20 p.m., police had made four arrests in the case.

Police said they're working to determine if it was a set-up or a crime of opportunity.

Williamson was a junior at Bardstown High School.

"He was in basketball, he was in karate. He would do anything for anybody, even a stranger,” his aunt Amanda Bartley said.

Police said Williamson was shot and killed while sitting in the back seat of a car parked behind a strip of businesses.

"Two separate individuals opened the door in the car, fired one shot into the car, and then ran from the area,” Bardstown Police Chief Steve Uram said.

Williamson wasn't alone in the car.

Police said two people drove Williamson to the spot where he was killed and after the shooting they took him to the Five Star service center for help. Those two people were arrested Monday afternoon and will be charged with complicity to murder.

His family members think it was a set-up.

"I believe he was persuaded or tricked to coming out of his house,” Bartley said.

The two people in the car with Williamson and surveillance video from area businesses helped detectives identify the shooting suspects and track them down nearly an hour away.

"Testimony from the two witnesses led us to those two people in Taylor County, Campbellsville area,” Uram said.

Williamson's family is heartbroken and said they'll never be the same.

"It's wrong. You should not take it in your own hands and shoot somebody. Whether you're a kid, an adult -- a situation like this, whatever it was over, could have been a better outcome instead of him being dead,” Bartley said.

Police haven't released the names of the four people who are in custody because they're not officially booked.

Williamson's body is in Louisville for an autopsy.

Police have not released a motive for the crime.

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