Monday, September 24, 2007
Was it Really That Serious, Loyer?
TWO STUDENTS QUESTIONED IN DELAWARE STATE SHOOTING: Campus put on lockdown Friday; two D.C. students hospitalized.
(September 24, 2007) source: eurweb.com
*Classes at historically black Delaware State University were cancelled and the campus put on lock down early Friday after the shooting of two students following an apparent argument.
University spokesman Carlos Holmes said police had identified "two persons of interest" -- both students -- one of whom was already in custody. He told reporters it appeared the shooting followed an argument in a campus cafeteria.
One of the wounded students was a female who had "potentially life-threatening" injuries, while the other, a male, was in "stable condition," at a local hospital, he said. Both are from Washington D.C. The female was shot twice and the male once.
Delaware State University Police Chief James Overton said in a statement that between 8 and 10 students had left a campus cafeteria between midnight and 1 a.m. and "a gun was produced in the area among those people and four to six shots were fired."
The university alerted students to the incident by telephone, the Web site and by flyers, a statement on its Web site said. Students and staff who were not on the campus were told to stay away until further notice. The university directed nonessential personnel not to report to work.
"I don't think any institution in the country did not learn from Virginia Tech and we certainly did," Holmes said on CNN when asked about decision to lock down the campus.
Founded in 1891, the historically black university has about 3,300 undergraduate students on a 400-acre residential campus about 100 miles northeast of D.C.
update: Arrest in University Shootings
Published: September 25, 2007
DOVER, Del., Sept. 24 (AP) — The police arrested an 18-year-old man Monday in last week’s shooting of two students at Delaware State University, the authorities said. As he was led into a courthouse, the man, Loyer D. Braden, told reporters, “I’m sorry.”
Mr. Braden, who is from East Orange, N.J., was charged with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment, and also faced a gun charge, according to court documents.
Mr. Braden appeared before a justice of the peace and was ordered held in $75,000 bail. He was also ordered to stay away from the victims and the university.
Nathaniel Pugh III and Shalita Middleton, two 17-year-old students from Washington, were hurt early Friday in the attack. Ms. Middleton suffered serious abdominal injuries from two gunshots and is hospitalized. Mr. Pugh was shot once in the ankle.
Mr. Braden was also accused of firing at a third student, James Richmond, according to the documents describing the reckless endangerment charge.
Four Dover police officers escorted Mr. Braden to the court on Monday afternoon with his hands cuffed and his legs shackled. In response to reporters’ questions, he said softly, “I’m sorry.” Asked what he was sorry for, he replied only, “She’s in the hospital.”
Mr. Braden graduated in June from Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, N.J., where he played basketball and football.
Well, what can be said that hasn't been said over, and over, and over again??? Crime doesn't pay. You know you'll be locked up for a lonnng time. Is it worth it, Loyer? I'm not going to preach...it's all been said before. But this black-on-black crime HAS GOT (that's right I said "Got!") to stop!
Black people are protesting Mychal Bell's incarceration in Jena, LA and we have youth who commit crimes intentionally-knowing they'll end up behind bars! What is really going on?! I'm going to leave this one alone. My prayers are with all of the families, and in Jesus' name I pray that a laborer be sent to Loyer--there are many Christians who are incarcerated as well.
Youth- you BETTER recognize!!