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Gunfire on West Main leads to LPD arrest

Jessie Goggans

Laurens Police arrested a Laurens man shortly after noon Tuesday after several shots were fired in the vicinity of Pinehaven and West Main streets in downtown Laurens.

Jessie Gerrod Goggins, 42, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime after he allegedly fired a semi-automatic handgun at another individual.

According to an LPD Facebook update, Goggins still had the handgun in his possession when he was arrested a short time after the shots were reportedly fired.

LPD Lt. Scott Franklin said witnesses reported hearing several shots fired but investigators found only one shell casing. No one was injured during the shooting.

Both nearby Laurens Elementary and E.B. Morse Elementary were placed on “lockout,” meaning no one was allowed on campus after the incident was reported, but the lockout was lifted soon after the arrest was made.

The incident is still under investigation by the LPD.


Mark Tyler Van Loan

Man denied bond on attempted murder charges

A Gray Court man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting incident Thursday in Gray Court.

Mark Tyler Van Loan, 29, of Gray Court is accused of firing a weapon into a Gray Court residence with a male and female inside the dwelling.

In addition to the attempted murder charges, Van Loan is charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm into a dwelling.

Bond was denied on all charges.


Bailey Nichole Freeman

Woman arrested for abandoning                                child with stolen vehicle

A Laurens woman is accused of abandoning her child in an allegedly stolen vehicle after fleeing deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

Bailey Nichole Freeman, 20, is charged with grand larceny and unlawful neglect of a child.

According to reports, Freeman fled from the stolen vehicle the previous Tuesday (Feb. 22), leaving her child in it on Highway 76 West in Laurens County.

Freeman remained in the Johnson Detention Center Tuesday afternoon and is being held on $25,000 bond on the two charges.

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