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Court documents show shooting suspect's violent past

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) -

There is new information on the Thanksgiving triple shooting that left two brothers in the hospital. It happened on Timsberry Terrace in Chester.

Police say they heard multiple gunshots. When they got to the house, the two brothers and their mother had been shot.

Investigators say Michael Williams opened fire on the family. He made his first court appearance in Chesterfield General District Court on Monday.

NBC12 has discovered Williams has a violent past.

Two years ago, a woman filed this criminal complaint against Williams. In the document she says, "Williams has made previous violent threats towards me and feels at this point that anything is liable to happen." She says they are separated and that she is,"…trying to provide a safe, stable environment for our children."

Williams is now accused of opening fire on a different woman and her two sons Thanksgiving night. Officers say the boys are 16-years-old and 10-years-old, their mother was in a relationship with Williams. Investigators believe the oldest son was trying to protect his family.

"Neighbors say that one of the children was trying to get in the middle of the disturbance between his mother and Mr. Williams," said Lt. Randy Horowitz with the Chesterfield Police.

Police say they had been to the house on Timsberry Terrace before.

"We've had contact with Mr. Williams at that residence, but I can't tell you how often," Lt. Horowitz said.

We found court documents showing Williams has assault and battery charges on a teenage boy believed to be the oldest brother in the Thanksgiving triple shooting. The court records show that the assault against the teen victim would have been dropped in 2013 if Williams had stayed out of trouble. The record also shows Williams was accused of hurting a woman police say is the boys' mother.

"He has previous arrests for assault but there is nothing that would have made us suspect this," said Lt. Horowitz.

Investigators say finding the children in that home is the most troubling part about this case and they say they have enough evidence to make sure there is a conviction.

As of Monday afternoon, the two brothers were still in the hospital in intensive care. NBC12 has been able to confirm their mother is out of the hospital.

In court on Monday, Williams was given his next court date on the malicious wounding charges in General District Court. He'll be in juvenile court on Tuesday for other charges in the case.

Neighbors say the 16-year-old brother goes to Thomas Dale High School and is a football player. 

Chesterfield Police say an officer did fire his weapon twice at Williams who was not hit. There is an investigation to look into the officer who fired his gun. He's on other duties at this time.

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