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One arrested in local club shootings

Jerome Holt

Jerome Holt

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville police have arrested a man they say opened fire at a popular teen nightclub early Saturday, hitting at least four.

Police charged Jerome Holt, 21, of Lawrenceville, with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting and wounding four people.

But according to one victim, Abijah Elliott, six teens were shot, their ages roughly 15 to 18.

Lawrenceville police couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon and had not previously notified media of the shootings.

The incident happened between 1 and 2 a.m. at VIP Sports Bar and Grill, 248 E. Crogan St., about a mile from downtown Lawrenceville.

Elliott, a 17-year-old Berkmar High School junior, lay in bed at Gwinnett Medical Center on Wednesday after being shot in her right thigh and left shin, she said.

Elliott attended a teen party at the club with her boyfriend and was having fun until an argument broke out in the parking lot. She said Holt started shooting at random, put down his gun, then unloaded into the club itself.

"He was just like randomly shooting into the club," she said.

Elliott, clinging to consciousness, was treated by emergency responders on the floor of the club before being transported. She doesn't know Holt and barely knows the other victims, she said.

Repeated attempts to reach VIP Sports Bar and Grill on Wednesday evening were not successful.

Elliott said the bar had been rented out for the night and was open to all ages. Security was minimal, she said.

"They didn't pat anybody down," he said.

Arrest warrants list the other three victims as Barry Alston Lewis, Teiko Maurice Clemons and Damon Duncan. A Gwinnett Medical Center spokesperson said only Duncan remains in hospital care.

Elliott continues physical therapy and is unsure when she'll be discharged. She said the medical staff has told her she'll miss six weeks of school.

"I just want to go home," she said.

Holt remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.