1 injured, 1 in custody after shooting at Paine College

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Police have a suspect in custody after a shooting at Paine College in Augusta on Monday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., authorities said a 21-year-old man went into the administration building. That man allegedly had a confrontation with another man on the third floor. The 21-year-old shot JaJuan Lawayne Baker, 21, in the head, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, and fled.

The campus and surrounding areas went on lockdown as police searched for the suspect. The lockdown was lifted around 3 p.m. after police took a person of interest into custody.

The 21-year-old was found in a dorm and taken into custody. Sheriff's officials said the man claims to be a student at the college. He is expected to be charged in the shooting.

This comes one day after another shooting on campus. Paine College released this statement Sunday:

Paine College Police Department acknowledged that an incident took place Sunday afternoon in one of the male residence halls on campus. The incident involved non-Paine College students. Individuals discharged a firearm on campus which immediately took the campus in a lock down mode. Paine College Police and Richmond County law enforcement are investigating the incident.

The sheriff's office has not said if Sunday's shooting is related to Monday's incident.

Paine College Vice President Brandon Brown said that campus security is a top priority.

"It's unfortunate that this event took place," Brown said. "We will continue to work hard to prevent this from happening again."

Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said that extra security is now in place.

"We're still in the embryonic stages of the investigation, but I would tell students I believe they'll be safe to come to school tomorrow," said Clayton.


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