1 in custody after shooting in DeKalb County

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GERALDINE, Ala. – A man was arrested Sunday afternoon after the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a shooting in Geraldine.

Police charged Joshua Smith, 34, of Geraldine, with two counts of assault in the 1st degree after arriving outside his home and discovering two people shot.

Smith was recently in the news for flying a flag with an expletive directed at President Biden outside his home. Community members had raised concerns about the flag because it is easily seen from a nearby school. City officials told News 19 they couldn’t force the property owner to remove it.

After Sunday’s shooting, neighbors added that Smith was also known for frequently firing off a gun in his yard.

“We saw his vehicle going by and then the next thing we know we heard gunshots,” said neighbor Barbara Harris.

Deputies said a man and woman were transported to Huntsville Hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds. Neighbors said police spent several hours collecting evidence.

“Cops and investigators everywhere, and the med flight had landed at the school,” said neighbor Makenzie Reneman.

Smith’s home is located right next door to Geraldine High School’s baseball field.

No bond was set for Smith. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said further charges may be added as the investigation continues.

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