A 16-year-old boy was shot and wounded late Saturday night at a carnival in the parking lot of Glynn Place Mall in Brunswick, an incident that was originally reported as an “active shooter” and prompted a multi-agency tactical response, according to Glynn County Police chief of staff Brian Scott.
The teen was flown by helicopter to UF Health Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was treated for his wounds and released, Scott said. No suspect had been arrested as of press time Sunday.
The shooting prompted a large, tactical law enforcement response because it was initially called in to 911 at 10:15 p.m. as an active shooter, Scott said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined populated area.”
Glynn, Brunswick and county schools police all responded immediately, as did Georgia State Patrol troopers and county fire department emergency medical workers, Scott said. It was quickly determined that this was not an active shooter incident, but a targeted shooting prompted by an argument between the victim and another teen, Scott said.
Police are investigating the shooting. Police wish to contact anyone with information about the shooting, or anyone who attended the carnival and may have taken cell phone video or photographs pertaining to it.
People with information can call the county police criminal investigation division at 912-554-7802, or the Silent Witness hotline at 912-264-1333.
Glynn County Police Chief John Powell emphasized Sunday that folks who create such threats to overall public safety will be sought relentlessly and persecuted to the fullest.
“The Glynn County Police Department will work with other partner law enforcement agencies in Glynn County to aggressively investigate and prosecute these senseless acts of violence. Families should be able to enjoy activities within the Golden Isles without fear of those who have no regard for innocent lives,” Powell said.