Posted: Saturday, August 17th 2013 at 11:27am
Five now face charges in Clermont shooting
CLERMONT- Five people now face charges in connection with a shooting incident in the north Hall area Friday night.
Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks says investigators are still working on the case, but at this point it appears two groups of people had been involved in an argument that had been brewing for some time.
Wilbanks said one group of people drove from a residence on Bradley Lane to a house on Green Circle in Clermont to confront the second group.
"Some of the subjects were armed with baseball bats and they were approaching the home," said Wilbanks. "One subject remained in the vehicle, brandishing a firearm."
Wilbanks said the resident of the house came outside with a shotgun and ordered the men armed with a baseball bat to stop their approach. He said when they others refused, the homeowner fired in the direction of the vehicle and hit a 20-year-old man inside the car.
"That group then got back into their vehicle and fled the area," said Wilbanks.
He said a sheriff's deputy was able to find the vehicle at a home on Bradley Lane and made contact with the subjects, but that's when three of them fled into some nearby woods.
Wilbanks said a Georgia State Patrol helicopter and a K9 unit were able to track the three suspects who ran in an area near S. Black Road and take them into custody.
The other three subjects, including the wounded man, remained inside the vehicle, according to Wilbanks.
Wilbanks identified those involved in the incident as follows:
*John Austin Baxter, 17, of Gainesville, charged with aggravated assault;
*Austin Kyle Jump, 18, of Gainesville, charged with aggravated assault;
*William E. Connolly, Jr., 27, of Gainesville, charged with aggravated assault;
*Timothy Alan Smith, 29, of Jefferson, charged with party to the crime of aggravated assault;
*Wesley Edwin Smith, 27, of Gainesville, charged with obstruction of an officer.
Wilbanks said the injured man, 20 year-old Joshua Smith, of Commerce, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening wounds; he was not charged. An 18 year-old female was also in the vehicle at the time of the confrontation and she was not charged.
Wilbanks said at this point, the resident on Green Circle who fired upon the vehicle has not been charged.
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