One arrested in Grovetown shooting

Crime News

GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF) – Following Thursday night’s shooting in rural Grovetown, one man is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on multiple charges associated with the shooting that occurred shortly before sundown, late Thursday afternoon, along the 200 block of Langston Drive.

Following the shooting, John Arthur Gilstrap, 43, has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Purchase/Possession/Manufacture/Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Firearm During Commission or Attempted Commission of a Crime.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, a ring camera at the Langston Drive residence captured an verbal altercation between Gilstrap and the victim, whom he is related to.

During the argument, Gilstrap is seen going to his truck and retrieving a handgun, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the investigator’s notes upon viewing the security footage, Gilstrap then returns to the victim, begins the argument again, and putting the gun in the victim’s face, then striking the victim in the head with the gun still in his hand.

Following this sequence of events, a gunshot was fired.

The victim was struck in the lower extremities and, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Gilstrap is being held on $35,300 bond. The incident has been classified a Family Violence situation.


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