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UPDATE: Paine shooting victim to make full recovery

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A press conference was held Monday night to update the public on the latest information regarding Monday's shooting. A press conference was held Monday night to update the public on the latest information regarding Monday's shooting.
Law enforcement on the scene of the shooting at Paine College. Law enforcement on the scene of the shooting at Paine College.
An ambulance cen be seen taking someone off campus. An ambulance cen be seen taking someone off campus.
Students are being moved to safer areas of Paine's campus. Students are being moved to safer areas of Paine's campus.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - UPDATE: At a press conference held Tuesday afternoon, Paine College updated the public with the latest information about Monday's shooting.

JaJuan Baker, who was shot in the head Monday night, is expected to make a full recovery. The alleged shooter, Xavier Cooper, is confirmed to be a student at Pain College. You can read more about Cooper's arrest here.

Paine College says that Commencement will continue, and that finals can be taken online or in class.

Another press conference with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office will be held Wednesday morning.

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UPDATE: We now know the name of the victim in this afternoon's shooting. According to authorities 21-year old JaJuan Lawayne Baker, a student from Wilmington, North Carolina, was shot in the head this afternoon.

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UPDATE 6:15 pm: At a media conference Monday evening, Paine College confirmed that the victim was shot in the head and the injuries are life threatening.  Earlier reports indicated the injuries were not so.  The suspect, who has since been arrested, claims to be a student at the school but that's not yet confirmed.  There is video surveillance that investigators say they will be looking at.

Media release from Richmond County Sheriff's Office & Paine College:

On Monday, May 5th, 2014 at approximately 1300 hours, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to Paine College to Haygood Hall at 1235 15th Street, Augusta Georgia in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, a male victim was found on the 3rd Floor with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to Georgia Regents University Hospital Trauma Center for what is reported as a life threatening injury.Paine College was placed on lockdown and Deputies and Investigators interviewed witnesses identifying the shooting suspect. During a search of the dormitories, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. He is still pending charges at this time. The suspect is a 21 year old male. The suspect was purportedly involved in an altercation with the other student.The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be augmenting the Paine College Police to provide additional safety and security at Paine College until further notice. No other students were injured in this incident. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating another shooting that occurred the previous evening where a student was injured by debris from a blast through the wall. This matter is being investigated as well.This is a joint release between the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Paine College Campus Police on an ongoing investigation in regards to this unfortunate incident.

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UPDATE: According to officials, one person of interest is in custody. Paine College remains on lockdown

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We have learned that both Paine College and Georgia Regents University's downtown campus, including the hospital and Health Sciences building, have been put on lockdown. T.W. Josey High School, Laney Walker, ARC, Alternative school, Collins Elementary, and Lamar-Milledge Elementary are all on soft lockdown.

According to officials, the shooter is still at large. We have confirmed that at least one person is injured.

Officials have released a description of the suspect. He is described as a black male, approximately 5’ 8”, 160 lbs, wearing black jeans, a white t-shirt, a red hat, and shoes with green and white laces.

This incident comes only day after an incident involving gunfire on Paine College's campus. You can read more about that incident here.
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