Students react to shootings at Paine College

News 12 11pm / Monday, May 5, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- JaJuan Baker, 21, is in the hospital fighting for his life, another man who says he's a student at the college is behind bars.

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Shots rang out around 1 p.m. in Haygood Hall just one day after another shooting in Gray Hall, a men's dorm on campus.

There will be a prayer vigil at noon Tuesday at the chapel on campus, but with two shootings in less than 24 hours some students are saying studies are taking a back seat.

Cops, road blocks, and lock downs.

A scene no one wants to see, especially on a campus where students expect the biggest threat to be a late night cram session for exams.

"You come here to get an education. A higher education at that. You shouldn't be worried about violence or anything of that nature at all," Jonathan Richey said.

Concerned parents hugged their kids after a second shooting at Paine College took place Monday afternoon, within 24 hours. Students like Richey and Jon-Tyler Shaw got a call no one wants to get.

"The message says barricade the doors and shooter in the main building. So, I'm pulling up and say [to myself] I'm not going to class today," Junior Jon-Tyler Shaw said.

Investigators searched Haygood Hall on campus, where a student was shot in the head and is now in critical condition.

"Deputies and investigators interviewed witnesses identifying the shooting suspect. During a search of the dorms the suspect was taken into custody," said the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, at a press conference held later in the day.

All this going down just hours after another shooting took place in a male dorm on campus around 5 p.m. Sunday.

In that case, a student was injured by debris from a wall. The private college says the two people involved in that shooting are not students there.

"It's very scary. As a father it's scary too. If my daughter or son went to the school I would be nervous. Petrified," Shaw said.

Paine administrators say the campus is safe and classes will go on Tuesday. Students are just hoping nothing like this happens again.

"You should be safe on campus. You go there to have a good time and enjoy the good years of your life. You shouldn't have to worry about stuff like this," Shaw said.


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