Josh Waring, the son of ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star Lauri Peterson, was arrested on June 20 on suspicion of shooting a man and fleeing the scene in a stolen car!
Costa Mesa police officers reportedly responded to a report of a shooting around 2 a.m. where they found a 35-year-old man shot in the lower torso — people at the home identified Josh Waring, 27, as the shooter. During a helicopter search, Josh was found driving a stolen BMW.
As officers approached, Josh first fled in the SUV, Buzzfeed is reporting, even getting involved in a traffic accident. He then left on full and attempted to hide inside a business but was arrested. Inside the SUV, police found “evidence related to the shooting,” but no weapon has been recovered.
He was arrested on vehicle theft, felony evading,suspicion of attempted murder, hit and run, assault, and battery.
Laura Peterson, an ex-cast member of Real Housewives of Orange County, has been candid in the past about Josh’s addiction struggles. She left the show during season four in 2008 to help her son, who was in jail for possession of heroin at the time. “I needed to really pull back, concentrate on my emotional well being and deal with the aftermath of the arrest,” she told the Orange County Register.
Four years later, she adopted Josh’s daughter.
“As most of the viewers know, I have a son and he’s had just a lot of challenges,” she told Bravo. “And he and his wife had a baby almost three years ago. He’s really struggling and, well, they’re both really struggling. And so [my husband] George and I elected to help out and we actually adopted Kennedy, and so we’re raising her.”
“It’s been such a great experience because this is helping them out and hopefully they can get their lives together and be OK. But on the other hand for George and I, I’ve watched him raise his kids, he’s watched me raise my kids, but we didn’t have a child together and now I get to see a side of George that I’ve never seen before,” she continued. “And if I was in love with him before, I’ve fallen so hard in love with him now because he is so generous to take on this huge responsibility.”