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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.

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  • Patrick Kelly

    Hey there.

    By chance, I just happened to google my name and came across this comment thread.

    For the record, I support the NRA.

  • Patrick Kelly

    Now anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that the vision the NRA has for America’s future is sheer lunacy. Who wants to live in a country where kids get all excited by colorfully decorated bullet proof vests that just went on sale in the children’s clothing department at Sears? Where the sounds of church bells are drowned out by the sounds of sporadic gunfire. Where kids who once turned on the weather to see if there was a snow holiday, now tune into the news to see if there is a school shooting holiday. Where no one gets regular medical checkups anymore since hospitals have been turned into 24-hour triage treatment centers where patients regularly die because there simply aren’t enough doctors to treat all the gunshots. Where the lifespan of the average American reverts to numbers not seen since cowboys roamed the old west. Where neighbors arguing about whose property the fence is on step out onto the street at high noon to see who is the fastest draw. Where the overwhelming demand for bulletproof glass and Kevlar lined decorator plywood in existing homes, restaurants and office buildings bring new home construction to a halt. Thanks NRA but no-thanks. http://youtu.be/uXMuVJ6ACp8

  • guest007

    None of what you posted is true outside of Chicago. The NRA encourages responsible gun ownership but they can’t do anything about a how people fail to raise responsible kids. We don’t have a gun problem in America, we have a people problem. Instead of being taught a skill to contribute to society, they learn how to game the system by lazy parents. If personal responsibility would be glamorized by society instead of selfishly always looking to “get mine” this country would be a totally different place. You can ban the guns, the knives, the bats, the cars and people will still find a way to harm others. You’re talking about treating a symptom, not the cause. And that common sense you talk about, that’s been gone from America for quite a long time.

  • portcity

    Are you really blaming the NRA? Did the NRA put a gun in the hands of a criminal. I don’t think so. Let’s take all your weapons away. Go ahead Hand them all over. Now guess what the criminals still have them. You must forget what grounds the rights you have and the United States was built on. With guns, war, and death! People kill with cars, knives, bats, screwdriver, etc. We should ban them all!!! If we didn’t have guns people would still be killing!! It’s a fact

  • Stephanie

    Mass shootings occur in gun free zones by bad guys. Taking away our 2nd Amendment right won’t change that. Common sense, this isn’t a gun issue. 83 gun deaths in the US each day. Compared to how many guns are responsibly carried and used daily? This incident occurred in a gun free zone. Bad guys don’t follow the rules.

  • WET

    Tools and equipment don’t make people kill or hurt others, the mind does this. A thing called a brain.
    Some people needs help and should be taken care of and treated with respect. Not left out and forced to function as nothing is wrong in the public education systems and our work places. We give them a bag full of pills that makes them feel warm and fuzzy, this is not the answer. We have stopped studying the signs, nor will we look at the history behind these people that have committed these killings. We must make them feel good and happy about themselves. That’s the American way today. A feel good about yourself nation, it’s all about me. Then when this doesn’t work, it causes them to react with all they can and with any type of force and tool. Be it a car, truck, hammer, bat, club, knife, screwdriver or gun. This type of thinking and acting like we have no problem, because we have placed feel good programs with catchy names attached to them, paid for by tax dollars will only end up bad, as it has many, many times before.
    There are no way these types of institutions and public facilities will ever be safe and perform as they should under these situations, ARMED or DISARMED.

  • Timekeeper

    Patrick Kelly…………I don’t know what you’re on, but it is not working. If you’re not on something, might be time to give it a try.

  • taxpayer

    Your logic would lead me to believe you blame the manufacturer of your automobile in the event you get a speeding ticket?

    Thanks for playing Patrick.

  • Fixing Stupid

    What does it take to fire a gun???? A finger…. Dude you’re so lost it’s sad. No firearm has killed someone on its own, but plenty of sick people have. Maybe we should do a better job at banning sick people! What do you think smart guy? I say we start with you!

  • xyz123

    Now anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that if guns kill people, then spoons make Rosie O’Donnell fat.

  • PublicAvenger

    Blame guns. Blame the Campus Police. Or maybe blame the University. But don’t blame the coward, animal, criminal, thug, that shot this young man.

    50 years ago, people who did horrible things, like this, were put in the ‘Gas Chamber’. Now they’re out in less then 5 years. Committing more crimes.

    I wonder, Patrick Kelly, do you realize the shooter was illegally using the gun ? And probably violated several gun statutes, in possessing it ? There are over a million armed felons, out there, who would love to see all guns banned.

  • Moniquek

    This video was written and produced by the young lady. It was part of her project and she asked them to be apart of it. His parents are in the video. You shouldn’t speak on things you know nothing about.

  • Unknown

    I do think this video has some foreshadowing elements. I would like to say thatI have known this family for years and this kid is not who he represents himself as in the video. This is a good kid and lets not use this video to possibly try to try to convince the readers that he lead this lifestyle. Why else would you include the link. As a mother, friend, wife and fellow Christian, just as this family, these people are praying for him to survive. Thanks for the small town mentality that makes us look so great in NC! When someone makes a video or likes a certain style of music, they are not always a person that deserves to be harmed! Again, I laugh at you because I know this family so well. Maybe the courts will condemn all people who make videos. I am a big fan of not jumping to conclusions just because you googled it.

  • yourname


    quick google of the victim leads to a eerily forshadowing video, acting or not, its scary.

  • Guest6969696969

    Is partly correct…
    We have a Whole Generation of *KIDS* that were taught “It’s all about Me”
    Pumped up with Drugs, SSRI’s ,, Name your DSM BOOK/Diagnosis ,,, Give them Pills as the Kids are growing up, Then you end up having “Bad Actors” such as Adam Lanza….
    “Other” part of *Culture* IN America, Is Fatherless, No FAMILY, (except gangs), & are un-educated, in Poverty, with NO Outlook EXCEPT PRISON, or a EARLY Death…(they are on the FEDERAL PLANTATION, Provided By Tax Payers Monies), (to STAY on that “Plantation”) as quoted by LYNDON B. Johnson, Whom said; I quote:

    “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” —Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One –

    “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”—LBJ
    END Quote:
    in other words,,, foods stamps/Welfare/ and *Projects* which to live in….
    So was Mr. Clive Bundy, in His Political IN-Correctness,,, RIGHT?

    Or Killed by a fellow *American’s*, (I use that term loosely)….
    think it through with a OPEN Mind, look back into HISTORY…

  • guest69696969

    In the stat(s), (I’m leaving ATM no time to check),,,,
    How MANY were in Chicago/Detroit This past Weekend, or *HOW Many*, were in fact “Gun Free Zones”??
    Or Another of un-regarded Stat, How Many were committed By the *Bad Guys* eg: Criminal(s) or Felons that are NOT Supposed to have Gun(s)/Weapons in the first place?
    How Many were *Gang Related*,*Drug related* *Turf Related*, Gun deaths?
    Home Invasions?
    Dig With-in those STAT(s) with a UN-BIASED Statistician, the results MAY astound you, and Everyone with a OPEN-MIND, including those Progressive(s)/Left wing/Liberal Co-Exist Group(s)..
    Gun Free ZONES, with SIGNS tell some-one Off their Rocker, OR Some-one SSRI’s, Prosaic/Ritalin/Adderall; Just to name a few

    Hey, NO-ONE has a Gun Here, It’s effectively a KILL FREE ZONE , whether, it be a school, workplace, (Ft. Hood Example), Or your Local UPS/Fed-Ex or Postal Office..
    (Back in the Day it was known as *Going POSTAL*)

    As Jessie Jackson is often Quoted..
    QUOTE: “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps… then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

    NOW; lets see Un-Biased STAT’s
    WWAY/Scott Picky, Research the UN-BIASED STATS, take US,,,, up on that offer? AND REPORT the truth… SUNLIGHT DIS-INFECTS you know? That goes along with Journalistic Integrity…
    Can I/WE count on WWAY to discuss/report the TRUTH???
    Just the facts Ma’mm

  • Mon


  • yourname

    Nobody said anything about convincing anyone to think he lead a certain lifestyle. I made a simple observation, by saying even though it was obviously acting, the foreshadowing elements are scary. I hope the best for this young man to make a full recovery, and his family is in my thoughts and prayers. But the video is what it is. I personally think videos of that nature are ridiculously ignorant and distasteful. Hollywood glamorizes violence of this sort, as does a lot of rap music and there’s no doubt its obviously taken a toll on the young generation. Making cheap “gansta” style videos of robberies is something young people should be wary of, especially if you are going to have it on the internet. You say people shouldn’t jump to conclusions, but what do you think a future employer would think if he found a video of that of an employee? Theres no place in this world for glamorization of the hood mentality an all of that.

  • The Wilmington Truth Teller

    Seeing the video. He kinda reminds me of Trayvon Martin.


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