Paine suspect's dad says son feared local youths

 ATLANTA -- The father of a DeKalb County man apprehended after Monday’s shooting at Paine College said his son has received threats on his life since January.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Anthony Cooper, father of Xavier Deanthony Cooper, said his son has remained in fear for his life since the semester began because of threats from Augusta youths who have developed a quarrel with a group of Atlanta area students.

“These boys were coming to their dorm rooms and saying they were going to kill him,” Anthony Cooper told the newspaper.

He said the group of men who threatened his son believed Xavier Cooper and his friends were moving in on their drug turf.

“He doesn’t sell drugs,” the father said.

Asked about the Monday shooting, the father said he didn’t know if his son was responsible, but acknowledged that he had been in fights with a certain group before and was trying to protect himself.

“I didn’t even know he had a gun or how he got it,” Anthony Cooper said. “All I know is that he had been protecting himself with a steel pipe.”

He said he and his wife have been in constant contact with Paine officials since their son began having fights at the school.

 

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