Paine cancels prayer vigil, cuts short news conference

A Paine official told reporters at this morning’s news conference that the school had no information to share and abruptly ended the presentation. A noon prayer vigil scheduled today has also been canceled.

Paine had announced the 10 a.m. press briefing after a student was shot and critically wounded Monday in a campus building. Two other students were injured the day before in a shooting in a campus dorm.

Leadra Collins, coordinator of Institutional Advancement Operations, appeared before waiting news media about 10:20 a.m. to say there were “new developments” in the case, and the school would not comment at this time.

Xavier Cooper, of Augusta, was booked Monday night with charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm on school grounds in connection with the shooting earlier in the day. He remains in the Richmond County jail.

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