Paine College shooting suspect, victim arrested before



Both the suspect and victim in Monday’s shooting at Paine College have arrest records.

Xavier Deanthony Cooper, 20, a Paine student from DeKalb County, has been behind bars at least five times since 2011.

Cooper was booked into Richmond County jail Monday afternoon on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

Although it’s his first arrest in this county, Cooper has four other arrests in metro Atlanta.

The most recent arrest was on Dec. 24, when he was charged with possession and use of drug-related objects in Fulton County.

At the age of 17, in 2011, he was arrested twice and was charged with affray, simple battery, disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In June 2012 at age 18, Cooper was charged with his first felony for criminal damage to property in the second degree.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Brandon Brown, vice president for academic advancement at Paine, said the administration was not aware of Cooper’s charges. He stated that Cooper had checked “no” in his admission papers when asked if he had ever been charged with a felony. Because of that answer, Brown said, the student did not warrant a background check.

The victim, 21-year-old JaJuan Lawayne Baker, of Wilmington, N.C., also has gun-related charges from another state from 2012, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said Wednesday.

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