UPDATE: Dublin man charged after firing shots into air near Johnson County football stadium Friday
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office identified the man they saw fired shots into the air just outside of Lovett Stadium during a football game Friday night.
UPDATE (8/6): The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office identified the man they saw fired shots into the air just outside of Lovett Stadium during a football game Friday night.
An updated news release says 27-year-old Joshua Jerome Russell of Dublin was taken into custody and is charged with felony aggravated assault (multiple counts), felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime (multiple counts), felony reckless conduct, felony cruelty to children (1st degree), felony carrying a weapon within a school zone, discharging a firearm near a highway or street, criminal attempt to commit a felony, inciting a riot and several traffic violations.
Deputies say the Johnson County Trojans were playing a scrimmage game against the Wilcox County Patriots when the shots were fired and that “several hundred spectators” were attending the event.
“Deputies, officers, and school security staff on the scene observed the single individual suspect and immediately ran towards the gunfire, taking action to subdue the suspect and take him into custody on Herschel Walker Drive,” the release said.
Players and coaches were escorted off the field.
No one was injured.
WRIGHTSVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One person was apprehended after shots were fired near Johnson County High School during a football game Friday night.
That’s according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, which said shots were fired on Hershel Walker Boulevard “adjacent to the football field area” and that deputies “immediately responded and apprehended the individual.”
“There was only one individual involved in this incident,” a sheriff’s office Facebook post read. “Thankfully the shots were fired up towards the sky and nobody was injured.”
Johnson County deputies and investigators, along with Wrightsville Police, are on the scene.
The name of the person involved will not be disclosed at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
Call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 864-4003 if you have additional information.
The school district released the following statement on its Facebook page:
”Johnson County Schools law enforcement, administration, staff, and home fans assisted with safety and security inside the stadium to ensure our home and visiting fans were safe inside the stadium. We are grateful for the quick response and presence of our law enforcement officers and first responders.”