WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - Giovanni Nicholson is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police reported nearly 80 rounds were fired at the Waynesboro City Auditorium early Saturday morning.
Waynesboro Municipal Court Judge Charles Chapman set bond for Nicholson at $250,000.
Authorities said that Nicholson stated he was attending a party when a fight broke out and he started firing shots.
One person was injured after being shot in the leg. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Officials tell us a second shooting happened a short while later at the Exxon and Chevron stations. They believe the same group of people were involved, but no charges are filed at this time.
Don Hopkins, an investigator with the Waynesboro Police Department, said that the police department responded within seconds of receiving the call, and the scene was secure within minutes.
"We are not going to tolerate outside or even inside individuals coming into Waynesboro to cause harm or injury to our citizens," Hopkins said. "We want everyone to be safe while they are out shopping but if you're planning on coming to cause trouble, then don't come."
The charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and/or a $10,000 fine.