Police arrest man accused of shooting Mesa BoSa Donuts worker, customer

Mug shot of Donald D Williams.
Donald D Williams was booked into jail on nearly a dozen charges, including attempted first-degree murder.(Mesa Police Department)
Published: Apr. 5, 2023 at 9:24 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 5, 2023 at 10:19 PM MST
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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police have arrested a man accused of shooting a Mesa BoSa Donuts employee and customer last weekend. Police said 30-year-old Donald Williams was taken into custody on Wednesday.

On Sunday, just after 3:15 a.m., Williams went inside the donut shop near Rio Salado Parkway and Dobson Road, asking for a ride to Scottsdale, but everyone said they were working, so they couldn’t. According to court paperwork, Williams shot the woman behind the counter and then fired his gun toward the owners in the back room but they weren’t hit. Williams reportedly followed a DoorDash customer out of BoSa Donuts and fired seven to eight rounds at his car. The man was hit, and then Williams ran off. Both victims were taken to the hospital. The woman is paralyzed from the neck down and is still in the hospital, according to police. The man was hit in the arm, leg and abdomen but has since been released from the hospital, police said.

Mesa police released a photo of the suspect on Tuesday and then officers arrested Williams on Wednesday. According to court paperwork, Williams told detectives he went to the BoSa Donuts to get a ride to Scottsdale to pick up his car. He got into a vehicle with an unknown man who he claims touched his leg “in a sexual manner,” which made Williams mad, court documents said.

Williams went inside to try to get a ride, but eventually, Mesa police told him to leave. Williams said he got really upset so he went home, got his 9mm handgun and went back to the donut shop to find the man who touched his leg. When he got there, he couldn’t find the man, so he tried again to get a ride. He was angry and felt disrespected, so that’s why he opened fire, court paperwork said. After the shooting, Williams said he threw his gun and his sweatshirt into the lake at Riverview Park.

He was booked on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of endangerment and one count of tampering with evidence.