After responding to multiple reports of gunfire early Sunday morning at a local nightclub, Statesboro police arrested a teenager in connection to one of the incidents.
When officers first responded to the Platinum Lounge off Proctor and South Walnut streets around 1:55 a.m. Sunday, after having received calls about shots fired, suspected offenders escaped, reports stated.
Witnesses told police two men fired shots and then fled on foot down South College and Elm Streets. One witness said one of the suspects fired more shots as he rounded a house on South College Street, but when police gave chase, the suspects jumped into a car and left the area.
About an hour later, Sgt. Chuck Forney was still in the parking lot near the Platinum Lounge, observing activity, when he saw a male in a silver 2007 Suzuki Forenza fire four shots into the air near the club, said Statesboro Police Major Scott Brunson.
People outside the club began running, and Forney called for backup from Statesboro Police Officer Jared Shababy, he said.
A short while later, officers stopped the car on South Main Street at Trellis Garden Inn, where they arrested Bradly Dellmus Cone, 17, Lynda Drive, he said.
Cone was charged with reckless conduct, possession of an article with an altered identification mark, possession of a firearm by a person under 18 and discharging a firearm on or near a public highway.
He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail where he later posted bond.
Just before the Statesboro gunfire incidents, Metter Police responded to a shooting at Club 46, off Metter-Portal Highway near Ga. 46.
A man was shot in the back and later flown to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, said Metter Police Chief Dennis Nelson. Officers there also investigated shots fired at an Ellis Street location around the same time, and Nelson said the incidents might be related.
No injuries were reported in the Statesboro incidents.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.