The Durham Herald-Sun is reporting the three Duke University freshmen who were members of the football team are due for initial appearances in Durham County District Court this morning on charges of discharging a firearm on educational property.
The teens also could face more charges, according to Duke Police Chief John Dailey.
“We’re still investigating,” Dailey said Monday. “As far as whether alcohol was involved and if there will be other charges, there may be additional charges, although I don’t anticipate any additional charges to other students.”
The students are John Galbraith Drew, 18, of Midland, Ga. (Northside High School); Kyle Keyston Griswould, 18, of Midland, Ga. (Shaw High School); and Brandon Riley Putnam, 19, of Peachtree City, Ga. They were released from the Durham County Jail after posting $40,000 bonds, a jail spokesman said Monday.
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Following the charges, they were kicked off the football squad, and the university has determined they will not be allowed to return to campus pending resolution of the charges.
Duke police said that about 3 a.m. Sunday, they heard gunfire from a vehicle near Jarvis dormitory on East Campus. The vehicle was later found in the Blackwell dorm hall parking lot, also on East Campus. They traced it to one of the students who has been charged. The investigation determined the gun was fired on Campus Drive.
Police said no one was injured, and the semiautomatic handgun was recovered. They said the students were not shooting at anything, but firing into the air.
Drew, a defensive tackle, played in all 12 games last fall; Griswould, a running back, and Putnam, a defensive end, saw no game action last year.