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Duke students charged with firing weapon on campus

Posted January 17, 2010
Updated January 18, 2010

— Three Duke University students were charged Sunday with felonious possession and discharge of a weapon following an early-morning incident Sunday on campus, university officials said.

The students – John Drew, Kyle Griswould and Brandon Putnam – were members of the Duke football team, according to spokesman Keith Lawrence. They have been dismissed from the team and will not be permitted to return to campus pending the resolution of the charges.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Duke University Police heard gunfire coming from a vehicle near the Jarvis residence hall on Duke’s east campus. The vehicle was located in the Blackwell residence hall parking lot and traced to one of the students, who was charged in the incident.

Authorities found the firearm was discharged on Campus Drive.

No one was injured, and the weapon has been recovered by Duke University Police.


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  • Myra Jan 18, 2010

    It seems unfortuante that their Moms and Dads and can't fly in with their checkbooks to buy their innocence, rent witnesses, etc.

  • james27613 Jan 18, 2010

    Another stupid firearms incident that will cause more grief for lawful firearms owners in NC.

  • Commenter Jan 18, 2010

    I think that Duke should fire the coach and cancel the season. Surely Cutt know these guys had guns and he should be held responsible.


  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 18, 2010

    zanerx & kingtee76, I'm on your side of this issue. Here on GOLO I often point out that crime is based on socio-economics...not race.

    So, again...my point is that if you're African-American and you are sick of being racially stereotyped...you've got to be extra vigilant, extra law-abiding, extra everything...to convince people that you are everything you want them to see.

    As an Atheist, I'm in the same boat. I work hard to be the most ethical, logical and fair person that I can be. That doesn't mean that I'm a pushover, but I stand up for these values whenever possible. Like now.

    We all, always, lead by example.

  • Sessy V--V Jan 18, 2010

    3 DA's

  • aspenstreet1717 Jan 18, 2010

    What I meant was that they lowered the standards in the past 2-3 years to help the push for more wins on the field.

  • GWALLY Jan 18, 2010

    ..."A coach can't help a student athlete get into any University by the way, unless he can somehow change an SAT score. oldb77..."

    Surely you are not that naive......Athletics = money. Where there is money...there IS a way!!!!

  • Tolip Jan 18, 2010

    Duke: Bestests and Brightests!

  • 4DukeTillDeath Jan 18, 2010

    I'm pretty sure the minimum SAT score for admission is lowered for all college athletes.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jan 18, 2010

    Duke is one of many schools that lowered admission standards (for athletes) to give the football team a boost.