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Suspect named in Paine shooting

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 5:10 AM
Last updated 6:32 PM
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Early this morning, the Richmond County jail confirmed that Xavier Cooper, of Augusta, was the suspect in Monday's shooting at Paine College.

Cooper, whose name surfaced soon after the 1 p.m. shooting in a campus building, had been booked at 10:41 p.m. on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm on school grounds.

The jail did not provide his Augusta address.

He is accused in the shooting of JaJuan Lawayne Baker, 21, of Wil­ming­ton, N.C., on the third floor of Haygood-Holsey Hall, a building housing classrooms and Paine’s administrative offices.

Baker, who suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his head, above the ear,  was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, police said.

At a Monday news conference, authorities said Baker's wound was serious and he was in critical condition. Early police statements had indicated his wound was not life-threatening.

Paine has announced a noon candlelight vigil today at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. 

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lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/06/14 - 07:47 am
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typical, head thrown back in
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typical, head thrown back in a defiant manner, scowl on face..just goes to show you can take the violent animal out of the projects but you cant take the project out of the violent animal. of course now his mother will be scraping together what money she can from selling her "foo stamps" to raise bail money while telling everyone "dat's eyes aint not ehee-bin caint not kno fo sho whie he dids do dis cause mah son aint not shoot deh boi cause mah son he's a guut boi, if'n he's doo'd dis he aint not means it sho nuff he jess gets caught up...dats aul"

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/06/14 - 08:07 am
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Plenty of comments

Just look at
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-05-05/suspect-held-s...

UNDERSTAND
Given the present information, this was just another all too common for this area of town, shooting spree. In this case it just happened be on a college campus this time.

This a was "I'm gonna you sucker" shooting not a (arguably) Mental Case seeking Notorious Fame, running loose, shooting up a whole campus like VA Tech., while looking for a new record setting maximum kill ratio.

BUT IT STILL RAISES THE QUESTION
America has had 3 wake up calls in the last 2 years.
What are areas schools going to do to realistically secure our school campuses?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/06/14 - 08:13 am
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QUESTION

2.5 Hours = Why so long?
On the surface it looks like a better emergency response plan is needed.

1 p.m.: Richmond County sheriff’s deputies respond to Paine College in reference to a shooting.

3:30 p.m.: Police announce that a person of interest is in
custody.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 05/06/14 - 08:50 am
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2.5 Hours = Why so long?

nocnoc, the answer to your question is relatively simple. They were not looking for an "active shooter." The shooting occurred and the suspect fled the scene. Law enforcement can only act on information they receive. Going building to building looking for a suspect who is hiding, not actively shooting, takes time. Had this been an "active shooter," the suspect would have been found and dealt with appropriately much more quickly. 2.5 hours to find a hiding suspect, not one actively shooting is very reasonable. I'm sure the scene was chaotic, officers had to identify friend or foe, and still had to look for a suspect who may or may not have been willing to shoot again.

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 05/06/14 - 09:20 am
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It's a shame...

when a criminal background check should now be part of the college application process. Other articles report 3 prior run ins with the law. (This is not the 21 year old's first run in with the law. He was charged two years ago in Dekalb County for criminal damage to property. Last year he was charged with possession and use of drug related objects.)He shouldn't have been a student at a college. There are online classes for those who are offenders but wish to redeem themselves from thug to productive members of society.

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corgimom 05/06/14 - 09:58 am
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If colleges denied entry to

If colleges denied entry to everybody that had an arrest record, there wouldn't be half as many people in college that there are today.

Things aren't like they used to be. In fact, it's estimated that 1/3 of the people age 15-25 have been arrested at least once.

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Dixieman 05/06/14 - 10:39 am
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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/06/14 - 11:10 am
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Why?

Unless it was purely self-defense, who cares why? These days the reason people shoot each other can be as trifling as simply looking at someone or flashing your headlights.

Emotional maturity and an ability to work through conflict rationally are now reserved for a very small minority of Americans--possibly even a small minority of humans.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/06/14 - 11:41 am
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So I take it they don't know

So I take it they don't know if this guy was actually the one that pulled the trigger? Otherwise, why no attempted murder charge? You don't discharge a weapon aimed at someone without intent to murder.

grinder48
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grinder48 05/06/14 - 11:43 am
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Motive
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Dixieman is right to ask "why". What was the motive? It's relevant because if the underlying cause was some illegal activity, that underlying cause/ illegal activity needs to be addressed in addition to the actual shooting.

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Bizkit 05/06/14 - 12:14 pm
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Looks like a football player

Looks like a football player doesn't he. Maybe they didn't check out their recruits.

Darby
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Darby 05/06/14 - 01:05 pm
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Screen 'em all

and don't accept ANY applications from ANYONE with a felony criminal record or a history of violence.

There are far too many people in college now that are there simply because of political expediency. How many times have you heard some politician say that "Everyone should have the opportunity to go to college."?

That kind of tripe buys votes, but is completely unreasonable.

Most people aren't college material and most normal people know that!

We should go back to educating people who demonstrate an ability to use that education, not contribute to statistics.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 05/06/14 - 01:10 pm
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Why no attempted murder charge?

The state of Georgia has no "attempted murder" charge. When someone is charged with Aggravated Assault, that is an "attempted murder" charge.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 05/06/14 - 01:11 pm
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Deleted double post

Deleted double post

corgimom
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corgimom 05/06/14 - 02:31 pm
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Yeah, if colleges didn't

Yeah, if colleges didn't allow students that had criminal records, there would go their football and basketball programs.

And we all know THAT will never happen.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/06/14 - 02:34 pm
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Austin Rhodes is saying that

Austin Rhodes is saying that it's gang related, that it's two warring factions and that the 2nd shooting is retaliation for the 1st one.

Back in my day, you went to college to get an education, not be a little gang-banger.

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Marinerman1 05/06/14 - 02:44 pm
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There is No Place

There is no place on Earth for gang-bangers. It is time we stopped putting up with it. Gang-bangers need to be "dirt napped". I do not care what color or what age. They cannot be rehabilitated. After a few of them get planted, maybe the rest will wake up and realize there is a different path they need to adopt. A shame. Places of higher education should be that. No excuses, and since he was allowed to continue to consume oxygen, no plea bargains.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/06/14 - 04:38 pm
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@fatboyhog

Thanks for the tip. Wasn't aware of that.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/06/14 - 05:02 pm
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Gangs in school? You know the

Gangs in school? You know the faculty and staff feel safe. Dang they should be allowed to carry weapons to protect themselves. Some gang member student gets angry with you and stabs or shoots you as you walk out of class. Sounds like things are out of control and they are still afraid of violence to even have a prayer meeting.

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