The Athens Clarke County Police have made an arrest in a shooting incident that left two children injured, one critically, at a shopping plaza where they were attending a dance class. Authorities apprehended 38-year-old Rasheed Scott in Gwinnett County on Thursday for his involvement in the shooting.
The incident took place on Wednesday evening at 494 North Avenue. Ne’vaeh Brown, a 5-year-old girl, was shot in the eye during the incident. Family members informed that the bullet split her eye, which might necessitate a transplant. In addition, a 14-year-old girl sustained a gunshot wound to her arm.
According to relatives, the children were warming up in their dance class when gunfire erupted outside of a barbershop nearby. Brown’s mother was parking her car at the time that the shooting broke out.
Brown has already undergone one surgery and is scheduled for a second operation on Friday. The extent of the damage to her eye remains uncertain.
Surveillance footage from a nearby business captured the moments of the shooting, revealing that an altercation between a group of individuals led to the exchange of gunfire. The shooting took place in the shopping plaza’s parking lot near a Piggly Wiggly supermarket.
Initially, two people were detained for questioning after a responding officer saw them on the surveillance video. Although the police report stated that they were charged, authorities later clarified that the two individuals were released shortly afterward.
Scott faces charges of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. Police are continuing their investigation into the incident and are actively seeking any additional individuals who may have been involved.