COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Deputies have identified the teens they say are responsible for a situation that sent Columbia County schools into lockdown Friday morning.
Jerimiah Hawkins, 18, of Aiken is accused of posting a series of videos on Snapchat showing a gun being discharged from a vehicle, said Capt. Steve Morris with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. In other posts on the social media app, Hawkins said he was in Augusta, in the Lakeside High School parking lot and in the cafeteria of Lakeside High.
No direct threats were made to a specific school, Morris said, but schools were place on lockdown as a precaution. The lockdown was lifted around 10 a.m.
A student also reported that a man in a dark-colored Chevrolet Avalanche pointed a weapon at him and other students who were on a school bus Friday morning at Old Evans Road near Bobby Jones Expressway, Morris said.
Deputies tracked Hawkins' cell phone to Aiken, where they arrested him. The dark-colored Chevrolet Avalanche was at the scene of his arrest.
Hawkins will be charged with possession of a firearm while on school property, criminal trespass and pointing a firearm at another, according to the sheriff's office.
Two other teens who were with Hawkins were also taken into custody for questioning. Only one of those teens, 17-year-old Aaron Lott, is facing charges.
Lott will be charged with criminal trespass, possession of a firearm by a person under 18 and possession of a firearm while on school property.