Three Georgia schools were placed on lockdown as Cherokee County police arrested three teenagers in connection to stolen firearms and bringing a firearm onto school property early Thursday, March 5. Police arrived at the school early, responding to a tip that a student had brought a gun to school. Forrest Busby, 17, was arrested shortly after students began arriving for the day and charged with bringing a handgun onto school property and carrying a concealed weapon. He had hidden an unloaded handgun behind a ceiling tile in a school bathroom.
CBSAtlanta.com reported that Woodstock High School, Woodstock Middle School, and Etowah High School were immediately placed on lockdown as a precaution.
A 15-year-old was also arrested in connection to stolen guns. His parents had filed a report on stolen weapons to the Holly Spring Police Wednesday night. Acting on this information, Cherokee County authorities issued a search warrant for Busby’s residence and found an AK-47, a mini-14 rifle, and a handgun along with 180 rounds of ammunition in his closet. AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Mini-14 assault rifle, as well as 200 rounds of ammunition, All the recovered guns were stolen from the 15-year-old’s home.AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Mini-14 assault rifle, as well as 200 rounds of ammunition,
Charges of manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance were also filed against Forrest Busby. Police reportedly found marijuana plants growing in his closet as well.
Another teen was arrested but has not been charged. He and the 15-year-old have retained lawyers. Busby is said to be cooperating with the police. The school lockdown was lifted after all the weapons were recovered.
Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison stated at a press conference that there was no evidence of a plot to hurt anyone.
Although the incident in Woodstock, Georgia, ended without becoming harmful, some end in violence.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy charged 17-year-old Dajuan Devon Sutton with assault with intent to murder, felonious assault, assault with a dangerous weapon on school grounds, carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm for shooting another student in the stomach at Detroit’s Central High School in Detroit on February 17.
Police say that Sutton was loitering in the hallway when he shot the brother of a Central High student.
There were originally four people involved, according to ClickonDetroit.com. Three were non-students. The 17-year-old non-student had an argument with a student at the high school who called his 19-year-old brother. The 19-year-old confronted the 17-year-old. Both pulled guns. The 19-year-old was shot in the stomach by the 17-year-old. An 18-year-old non-student was shot in the leg during the confrontation.
Neither wound was life-threatening.
The 17-year-old ran but was found by the police in the attic of a nearby house.