Shots fired at frat house lead to minors arrested, cited

Published: Jun. 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2013 at 2:55 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Shots fired at a fraternity house lead to the citation of dozens of minors. University Police and the Jonesboro Police Department were called to the scene that led to seventeen underaged kids being cited on various charges.

"Generally, during the summer, if they (Greek organizations) do have events, they're very low key because a lot of the students are off campus and generally there's very few problems," Lt. Jarrod Long with UPD told Region 8 News.

That wasn't the case early Sunday morning though, after a party at ASU's Alpha Gamma Rho house got out of hand.

"A couple of our officers that were on patrol heard gunfire and saw muzzle flashes," Lt. Long said. That's when UPD and JPD responded to the scene.

Lt. Long said many of the party-goers denied hearing or seeing gunshots, yet one person did come forward.

"While they were there, an individual came up and said 'hey, I was the one that shot the weapon,'" Lt. Long explained

19-year-old Carlton Teague Phillips told police he fired two rounds of an AK-47 into a sand pit at the frat house.

"He was intoxicated and underaged."

He wasn't the only one. JPD arrested sixteen others as minors in possession of alcohol, ranging in age from 17 to 20.

One of those minors arrested, 19-year-old, Justin Wayne Smith, was also arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The other minors cited in this incident were:

18-year-old, Vanessa Griffin

18-year-old, Kaylee Lapiro

18-year-old, Brice Taylor

19-year-old, Katie Aldridge

19-year-old, Connor May

19-year-old, Caleb Miller

19-year-old, Jeremy Smith

19-year-old, Madison Sprouse

20-year-old, Houston Broughton

20-year-old, Emily Elmore

20-year-old, Clinton Pigue

20-year-old, Kelsey Richard

The names of the 17 year olds involved were not released.

The AGR house sits off of ASU's campus on Aggie Road.

"Their organization is tied with ASU so they do have to follow the university rules on weapons," Lt. Long said.

In regards to the incident, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at ASU, Dr. Lonnie Williams released this statement: "...the administration of Arkansas State University takes the welfare of our students very seriously. As part of the programming in our  Greek system and an aspect of the ASU Counseling Center, we advocate responsible drinking of alcohol when it occurs and we do not allow any firearms on any property of ASU other by law enforcement personnel. The incident from this weekend is still under investigation and appropriate disciplinary actions will follow for those found responsible."

The president of the fraternity released this statement to Region 8 News:

"Alpha Gamma Rho, Beta Epsilon Chapter at Arkansas State University does not condone the actions of a select few individuals that occurred during the weekend of June 22nd. After further investigation, actions will be taken to prevent these type of activities from occurring again; as well as, education of the undergraduate chapter to the dangers of these type of activities to the safety and well being of the members of the chapter, the community and Arkansas State University. The chapter would like to apologize to Arkansas State University, the National Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, the community of Jonesboro for the poor decisions and actions of the individuals involved in this occurrence"

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