WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 21-year-old Jajuan Baker should be studying for finals, and counting down the days til summer, but instead he is in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.
The Ashley High School graduate was shot on the campus of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, yesterday.
“He was an awesome kid,” Bakers former teacher Robyn Meek said. “He was driven, he tried hard, and he was well liked by everyone around him.”
Baker graduated from Ashley High School in 2011, but those who taught him haven’t forgotten the student they say was beyond excited to go off to college.
“He was like your solid ‘B’ kid,” teacher Shauna Riggs said. “He wanted to do well and he always wanted to do better. He took honors classes. He wanted to constantly perform better both as an athlete and as a student.”
The shooting at Paine College Monday forced several schools and hospitals to go on lockdown.
Richmond County Sheriff’s Sergeant Monica Belser said baker and the shooter were likely involved in a fight before the shooting.
20-year-old Xavier Deanthony Cooper was arrested in connection to the shooting. He is charged with aggravated assault, having a firearm or knife during a crime and having weapons in a school building.
At a news conference, Paine College administrators said Cooper also attends the university.
They also said Baker is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.
Baker’s teachers hope this will not ruin his dreams to finish college.
“He wanted to go to college, he wanted to continue his education and do amazing things. And I fully believe he will still do that,” Meek added.
Paine college officials say commencement will still go on as planned, and students can take finals online or in class.