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2 Shootings In 2 Days At Georgia's Paine College

| by Jared Keever

One student was seriously wounded Monday in a shooting at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. It was the second shooting on the the campus in two days according to CNN.

The incident Monday left an unidentified student with a life-threatening gunshot injury to the head. 

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It followed reports that a student was injured Sunday by flying debris when someone fired shots into the Gray Hall dormitory on campus. 

Authorities said they do not believe the incidents are related.

The Associated Press reports that police have identified the gunman from Monday’s more serious incident. After locking down the campus for five hours following the incident, police apprehended 20-year-old Xavier Deanthony Cooper. He was found inside the dorm where the incident occurred about two hours after the attack.

He is charged with aggravated assault. Cooper will also face charges of having a firearm during a crime and possessing a gun in a school building.

Authorities said Cooper and the victim were involved in an altercation prior to the shooting. 

The attack prompted other schools in the area to lockdown their campuses, including Georgia Regents University and its nearby medical center.

The campus at Paine College remained closed to outside visitors Monday night but, according to USA Today, classes were scheduled to resume Tuesday. Wednesday is the last day of spring classes.

A prayer service for the victim is planned for Tuesday afternoon at the campus of roughly 900 students. 

No official statement has been released by the small liberal arts school located 140 miles east of Atlanta. A tweet from the school’s twitter account read: "The Paine College Community is saddened by the turn of events and ask that everyone keep Paine in their thoughts and prayers.”

Richmond County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton said, following Cooper’s arrest, that it would be safe for students to return to classes Tuesday.

"We're still in embryonic stages of the investigation. And we're still trying to find out all the facts," he said. "But I would tell the students I think I believe they'll be safe to come to school tomorrow.”

Sources: CNN, ABC News (AP Story), USA Today