Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigating early morning drive-by shooting involving juveniles

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Walton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened early Friday morning involving juveniles.

“At around 5 a.m. this morning, three juveniles and one adult were involved in an argument that turned into a drive-by shooting in the area of Cannon Farm Road,” said Major Scott Whisnant, public information officer for WCSO. “No one was injured in the incident and the matter is still under investigation. There has been one arrest at this time.”

At the TRIAD meeting in Loganville Friday, Sheriff Joe Chapman commented on the incident and said that the juveniles involved were 15 and 16-years-old who got the gun from one of the residences. It is believed that a mother was a former probation officer. He also spoke about a slew of entering autos that WCSO investigated recently.

“Last week we had 17 entering autos in Walnut Grove, Emerald Park area, I believe,” Chapman said, adding that they have leads on who was involved and are busy tracking the suspects down.- “They were from Dekalb County. They stole a handgun, laptop, and several credit cards and bank cards.”

Chapman noted that the cars that were entered were not locked, which is what usually tends to be the case However, he warned that this is likely to change in the future.

“What is trending in Atlanta now is that they’re knocking out windows – they have one standing guard. So that means it’s going to drift down to us because that is where they’re coming from,” Chapman said. “To my knowledge, we’ve only had one local kid who got mad at his Daddy and went around breaking into cars, but most of them are gang-related and are out of Dekable or Gwinnett County. They come down Highway 138 or 78 and into our community.”

Chapman said it is a growing problem. He believes that entering autos in Walton County has almost doubled in the last year.

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