Orange County argument escalates into gunfire; 4 arrested

Top: Nathan Neal Johnson Sr. and Ronnie Renee Fuller Bottom: Terrell Jamal Howell and Alexander “AJ” Lipford

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Police arrested four suspects were arrested after authorities said an argument in Hillsborough escalated into guns being fired Monday night.

Around 10:40 p.m, Hillsborough police and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired near Tulip Tree Drive and Locust Road.

Upon arrival, officers learned a home on Harper Road had been hit with a bullet.

While in that area, the officers heard gunfire. They then moved to the area of Dixie Avenue and Wildaro Court.

A large crowd was in that area. Authorities said numerous fights broke out.

No injuries were reported but weapons were seized.

Police said an argument that started around 5 p.m. escalated over the next few hours.

Police arrested and charged:

  • Alexander “AJ” Lipford, 19, of 233 Ida St., Danville, Virginia was charged with resisting an officer. He is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $250 secured bond.
  • Terrell Jamal Howell, 20, of 233 Ida St., Danville, Virginia was charged with resisting an officer and communicating threats. He is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $250 secured bond.
  • Ronnie Renee Fuller, 43, of 4801 Brown Road, Rougemont, North Carolina was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Fuller is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $750 secured bond.
  • Nathan Neal Johnson Sr., 44, of 609 Wildaro Court, charged with discharge of a firearm within the town limits and was later released from the Orange County Jail after posting a $750 secured bond.

Police are seeking additional information on this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Chip White at 919-732-9381, ext. 34.

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