Sheriff: Paine College shootings connected to another shooting

Victim in Paine College shooting in stable condition

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County investigators said they believe the two shootings at Paine College are connected to two shootings on Laurel Street.

Deputies responded to a shooting in the 1300 block of Laurel Street just after midnight Monday, according to the sheriff's office. One person was injured from debris that came from gunshots.

Surveillance photos show a dark-colored sedan leaving the scene, deputies said.

Another shooting in the same block of Laurel Street was also reported just before noon Monday, according to an incident report. Witnesses reported seeing a gray SUV with tinted windows driving down the street when they heard three to four gunshots.

Deputies found four bullet holes in a house: two in columns on the front porch, one in the front window and one on the wall on the front porch, according to the incident report. They also found a bullet on the living room floor.

There were no injuries reported in that shooting.

Deputies said the Laurel Street shootings are connected to the two shooting at Paine College - one on Sunday and one on Monday. The victim in Monday's shooting, 21-year-old JaJuan Awayness Baker, is in stable condition.

A suspect, 20-year-old Xavier Deanthony Cooper, is in custody. 

Roundtree said deputies were stationed on the college's campus Tuesday. Students and faculty had to have an ID to get on campus.

"We have deputies stationed at every entrance to Paine College," Roundtree said. "We are only allowing students and faculty onto the campus. Any other person that visits on the campus must be escorted by one of the Paine College police officers.

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