Woman in custody after East Atlanta restaurant shooting

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ATLANTA - Police said a woman has turned herself in to police after a deadly shooting outside an East Atlanta restaurant.

Atlanta police said a mother of 10 kids, Charlese Brooks, was shot and killed Tuesday night outside the Brick House Restaurant on Bouldercrest Drive. Police said the shooting derived from an argument between the victim and the suspected shooter, who left the scene.

Attorney W. Scott Smith sent a letter to Channel 2 Action News Wednesday afternoon. It reads, in part, that a woman named Terri Williams had turned herself in to detectives.

"Ms. Terri Williams voluntarily presented herself to detectives this morning. We feel that law enforcement will perform a thorough and professional investigation into this incident. Once completed, we strongly believe that Ms. Williams will be fully exonerated."

Williams has been charged with murder. She will be transported to the DeKalb County Jail.

A witness told Channel 2 Action News the two women had been arguing over a text message.

“They got into an argument over a text message. She went back to the car and got a gun,” the witness said.

Another person recalled hearing several gunshots.

“I was working in the back yard, and I heard about five shots, then five shots more, and then it stopped for second, then a couple more,” said neighbor Nate Dorn.  

Dozens of family members and friends gathered around the crime scene for hours Tuesday night.
 
“I’m hurt. I’m hurt. Someone has to be the strong one of the bunch,” said Charleen Dennis, the victim’s aunt.
 
Family members said Brooks had 10 kids, including five foster children, recently adopted.
 
“She just bought a big house so that all the kids could have their own room,” said Dennis.

Channel 2 Action News is working to get more details about this developing story. We'll have live updates on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4.