ONLY ON 12: Paine College shooting person of interest released after questioning

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
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UPDATE Friday, May 9, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office questioned and released the person of interest in the Paine College shootings.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- An Augusta man wanted for questioning by the Richmond County Sheriff's office turned himself in this afternoon.

Our camera's were rolling as 26-year-old Christopher Jackson and his family went to tell their side of the story.

They were watching News 12 yesterday and saw his picture. Jackson claims he had no idea Sheriff Richard Roundtree was looking for him as a person of interest in the Paine College shootings.

Jackson contacted 12 On Your Side to tell his side of things. He's says he had nothing to do with either as a matter of fact his 4-year-old son was outside playing in the yard when the second shooting happened.

Chris Jackson lights up a cigarette outside the Sheriff's office to calm his nerves.

Jackson grabbed his jacket and his mother in law's hand. They walked before going to be interviewed by Richmond County investigators about four shootings.

There were two drive-by shootings on Laurel Street and two on the Paine College Campus. Paine student Jajuan Baker is still in the hospital after deputies say Paine student Xavier Cooper shot him in the head.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree believes 26-year-old Chris Jackson knows something about all of them.

"I was shocked. I've been dealing with the police every time my house was shot up. I spoke with them and spoke about my case and let them know what happened," he said.

Jackson says his house on Laurel Street was shot up twice in less than 24 hours.

"We was just in there watching TV and shots came through the wall. We all got on the floor. I made sure everybody was OK. We got up like it was a normal day. We went outside and before my mother in law could get out there car another car came by blasting and I grabbed him and took him in the house," he said.

He says after the shooting they all left the house on Laurel Street for safety.


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