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Gunman identified in Paine College shooting

Xavier Cooper Xavier Cooper
AUGUSTA, GA (CBS46) -

In less than 24 hours Paine College went into lock down not once but twice because of shootings on campus.

On Monday investigators said Paine College student, JaJuan Baker, 21, was shot in the head during an altercation by Xavier Cooper, 20, another student at the college.

Investigators said Baker was shot at Haygood-Holsey Hall.

"Upon arrival, a male victim was found on the third floor with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to Georgia Regents University Hospital Trauma Center for what is reported as a life-threatening injury," Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said on Monday.

On Wednesday, authorities said Baker is expected to make a full recovery.

As the campus went into lock down, police were able to track Cooper to a dormitory where he was hiding.

On Sunday, a shooting took place on campus where another student was struck by debris when the bullets pierced through a dormitory wall. That shooting placed the campus on lock down as well.

"The sheriff's office is investigating another shooting that occurred the previous evening where a student was injured by debris, through a blast through a wall," Clayton said.

Investigators are looking into whether the two shootings are connected.

School officials said the campus is safe for students and normal classes will resume on Tuesday.

"We take safety as the highest responsibility when it comes to the protection of our students," Brandon Brown, the senior vice president of Institutional Advancement at Paine College, said. "We are continuing to do the things we do to protect our students."

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