“This is an active shooter situation and we are barricaded in the office,” a college spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News around 2 p.m. Monday.
Monday’s shooting took place around 1 p.m, Sgt. Mike McDaniel with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said. Baker was taken to the Regents University hospital for treatment, police said. He was in critical condition Tuesday. No other students were injured.
Police are still searching for two men who fired shots at a Paine College men’s residence hall Sunday, injuring a 20-year-old student. The student, whose name was not released, was injured by debris from a blast through the wall, police said.
Liquta Mains Grier of Hampton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she was shocked when her son told her Sunday about shots being fired outside his dorm.
“I’ve been checking up on him all night,” Grier said.
Her son, a freshman, went to class Monday morning, Grier said. But after hearing gunfire, he quickly went back to his dorm room.
“Once he got to the dorm, they won’t let him out to go anywhere or let anyone in,” Grier said.
Grier said she’s particularly concerned because her son’s dorm does not have locking doors.
“Anybody can come in and out,” Grier said. “Anybody has access.”
In response to the shootings, additional deputies were on the Paine College campus Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be augmenting the Paine College Police to provide additional safety and security at Paine College until further notice,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
The college had scheduled a prayer vigil for noon Tuesday in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, but postponed it until a later date.
Paine College is a historically black college with about 800 students. It is located about two hours east of Atlanta.