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UVU soccer player arrested after firing BB gun at BYU students

James "Jamie" Dunning charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault
Posted at 10:58 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 16:51:37-04

PROVO, Utah — Police have arrested a Utah Valley University soccer player who admitted to firing a BB gun at BYU students standing outside a campus dormitory.

James "Jamie" Dunning, 20, was among a group of five people inside a Nissan Rogue that drove through the BYU campus on Sunday night. While driving by Helaman Halls, someone inside the vehicle fired the gun at the small group outside.

Three of the students were struck, including one who was hit in the head above the ear and required medical treatment to remove the projectile.

After leaving the scene, the Nissan Rogue returned to Helaman Halls after the driver believed someone had been hit by Dunning's firing of the gun. A member of the group told those inside the Nissan that someone had been struck, but Dunning refused to report the incident.

BYU Police were later able to identify the group in the Nissan and arranged to meet with the driver and passengers at the police station. While being interviewed Dunning admitted to owning the BB gun and that he had fired it at the students on the BYU campus.

Others in the vehicle said Dunning was "indifferent" to shooting the gun at the group and that he had fired the gun at the leg of one of the group earlier in the evening.

Dunning was arrested and charged in Utah County with three counts of aggravated assault.