Family members say suspected Easton shooter, victim had yearslong feud

Anikqua Williams

COLUMBUS (WCMH) –Danilla Elmore says her daughter Daneshia had been threatened numerous times before being shot inside the Victoria’s Secret PINK store at Easton Town Center on Thursday.

Bond was set at $50,000 Friday for Anikqua Williams, who is charged with felonious assault in connection with the shooting.

According to Columbus police, Williams, 22, and the victim, Daneshia Elmore, 23, knew each other and began fighting after meeting by chance at the PINK store.

During the fight, Williams pulled out a gun and shot Elmore in the chest, police said.

Williams told police “she filed a single gunshot at Ms. Elmore to defend herself while she was being assaulted.”

Danilla Elmore says she does not belief this was a case of self defense.

“She (Williams) plotted and planned this,” Elmore said. “I actually think she stalked my daughter and knew that she was going to be there because this is something that she’s been doing for a while.”

Elmore says the two women have given birth to babies fathered by the same man. She says Daneshia Elmore’s baby died in 2014 at the age of two weeks and the feuding has been ongoing ever since.

“This little girl has been stalking my daughter for 3 years. It is knowledge,” Danilla Elmore said. “We have evidence. She’s on Facebook and social media and been threatening to kill my daughter for a long, long time.”

The suspect’s sister Alexis Travis, acknowledged the longstanding conflict.

“It seemed like eventually it was going to happen – long time thing,” Travis said.

Police officers were on the scene within two minutes and arrested Williams.

Elmore was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

Police ask anyone with information on this incident to call Columbus Police Assault Detective Steven Kaethow at 614-645-4740 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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