Sheriff: Paine College shooting was possibly drug-related

Sheriff: Paine College shooting was possibly drug-related

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Investigators believe Monday's shooting at Paine College may have been drug-related, Sheriff Richard Roundtree said Wednesday during a press conference.

A witness told deputies the victim, 21-year-old JaJuan Awayness Baker, sold narcotics to the suspected shooter, 20-year-old Xavier Deanthony Cooper, Roundtree said.

Baker was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 1 p.m. on the third floor of Haygood-Holsey Hall, deputies said.

Roundtree also said Monday's shooting is related to three other shootings - another on-campus shooting that happened Sunday and two shootings Monday on Laurel Street.

The investigation is ongoing, Roundtree said. The sheriff's office is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with information on any of the shootings. Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 706-821-1020.

Roundtree said there's no active threat to students on campus.

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