Bond set for three women charged in Cleveland Heights IHOP deadly shooting of Nadia Williams

Security guard questioned and released

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - The three women charged in the shooting death of their friend, Nadia Williams, at the IHOP in Cleveland Heights appeared in court on Tuesday.

Williams, 25, was shot during a scuffle with an IHOP security guard just before 3 a.m. on Saturday at the restaurant on Mayfield Road. Cleveland Heights police said the guard was escorting four women out when a verbal altercation turned physical.

The security guard, 41-year-old Gary Williams, fell and his handgun discharged, shooting Nadia Williams in the head, police said. She was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

On Monday, Sharon Moore, Natosha Williams and Rachella Womack were charged with involuntary manslaughter, inciting violence, vandalism and robbery. During their initial court appearance, bond was set at $25,000 for Moore and Natosha Williams, and $100,000 for Womack.

Natosha Williams is the sister of Nadia Williams.

"The shooter in this case, the security guard, killed my client's sister, is out there free. My client had no gun, nor did the other girls have a weapon or a gun. And these three girls are charged and one is dead. I have never seen a case like this before," said Michael Peterson, attorney for Natosha Williams.

Cleveland Heights police released some police radio conversations on Tuesday.

"We need a unit to assist at the IHOP got a caller on the phone reporting the security guard involved in an altercation with patrons outside the IHOP," dispatch told officers.

Gary Williams, a bailiff with the Cleveland Municipal Court, was held by police for questioning, but released without being charged.

The Cleveland Heights Police Department has not provided specific details about the fight or how it started.

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