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1 charged in shooting at LaGrange apartment complex; no injuries

By Melanie Ruberti and

Tyler Jones

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

tjones@civitasmedia.com

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LaGrange police detective Jeremey Jones, left, speaks with police Sgt. Jeremy Butler on Wednesday morning following a shooting at the Tall Pines apartment complex at 150 Turner St. No one was injured.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/08/web1_WEBTurnerStShooting012.jpgLaGrange police detective Jeremey Jones, left, speaks with police Sgt. Jeremy Butler on Wednesday morning following a shooting at the Tall Pines apartment complex at 150 Turner St. No one was injured.

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LaGrange police officer Josh Clower, left, and detective Jeremey Jones motion toward bullet holes in a wall at the Tall Pines apartment complex at 150 Turner St. on Wednesday morning. At least two shots were fired shortly after 8 a.m., but no one was injured.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/08/web1_WEBTurnerStShooting022.jpgLaGrange police officer Josh Clower, left, and detective Jeremey Jones motion toward bullet holes in a wall at the Tall Pines apartment complex at 150 Turner St. on Wednesday morning. At least two shots were fired shortly after 8 a.m., but no one was injured.

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LaGrange police officers roll out crime scene tape at the Tall Pines apartment complex on Turner Street following a shooting Wednesday morning. No one was injured.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/08/web1_WEBTurnerStShooting032.jpgLaGrange police officers roll out crime scene tape at the Tall Pines apartment complex on Turner Street following a shooting Wednesday morning. No one was injured.

Tyler H. Jones | Daily News

LaGRANGE — LaGrange police have one man in custody after a morning shooting at the Tall Pines apartment complex at 150 Turner St.

LaGrange Police Department Lt. Dale Strickland said Joseph Jewell Porter, 18, of McGregor Street was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of participation in a criminal street gang.

Strickland alleged that Porter is a known member of the Bloods street gang.

Investigators said Porter and the victim had an ongoing argument over a female acquaintance. Porter went to the apartment complex Wednesday morning to confront the man and at some point during the verbal altercation, the suspect pulled out a gun and started firing, Strickland said.

The man ran from the gunshots and toward where an employee of the apartment complex was standing. Strickland said Porter fired at least two times, but neither victim was hurt in the incident.

Porter then allegedly fled the scene in a white SUV.

Eyewitnesses told police there were two other people with the suspect at the time of the shooting.

Strickland said investigators have identified one of them, a juvenile. Police have interviewed the juvenile and are speaking to other witnesses to determine whether any charges would be filed against him.

Investigators are also still looking for the possible third suspect.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.