Shooting in Lincolnton lands 2 teens in jail

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

LINCOLNTON, Ga. (WRDW) -- Two Warrenton brothers are behind bars after deputies say shots were fired at a party at the Thomas Lane American Legion Post in Lincolnton, Ga.

Officers say Deondre Sentell Battle and Deonte Dentrell Battle, 18, were arrested in a fast food parking lot shortly after midnight on Saturday.

According to witnesses, two gunshots were fired from a red Ford as it was leaving the Legion Post.

After responding to a fight in the restaurant parking lot, Lincolnton Police Officer Brandon Lively says he saw one of the men throw a pistol in the bushes behind the restaurant. When officers recovered the pistol, they noticed the serial number had been altered.

No injuries have been reported, and officers say the shooting may have been related to a disagreement at the Legion earlier that day.

Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce Beggs said the party at the Legion was for teenagers.

“Our office is always concerned when a crime involves a weapon, but we are particularly alarmed when it also involves teenagers and young adults. We will continue to investigate this incident and will also be meeting with Legion officials to evaluate security and safety for future events," Beggs said.

Deonte was charged with discharging a pistol near a highway, criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm while under the influence and possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

His brother, Deondre, was also charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21 and being a party to a crime.

Both men are being held in the Lincoln County Jail awaiting their bond hearing on Monday.

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