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Suspect Arrested in DSU Double Shooting

Shooting suspect Loyer D. Braden is shown being led to court Monday afternoon. (Photo: WBOC) Shooting suspect Loyer D. Braden is shown being led to court Monday afternoon. (Photo: WBOC)

09/24/2007 10:51 AM ET; Updated 4:34 PM ET

DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)-  Delaware State University police say the suspect arrested <pmdau for last week's shooting of two students is a student himself at the school and was arrested in his dorm room.

University police say the student, Loyer D. Braden, of East Orange, N.J was arrested about 3 a.m. Monday.

Loyer D. Braden of East Orange, N.J. is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, possession of a firearm during a felony and first-degree reckless endangerment. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. He was ordered to stay away from the victims and DSU.

University offficials, who had assured the campus community over the weekend that the gunman was not on campus, could not explain how or when Braden returned to his dorm room.

Nathaniel Pugh III and Shalita Middleton, two 17-year-old students from Washington, D.C., were wounded early Friday in the attack. Middleton suffered serious abdominal injuries from two gunshots. Pugh was shot once in the ankle.

Braden was also accused of firing at a third student, James Richmond, according to the documents describing the reckless endangerment charge.

Braden was also accused of firing at a third student, James Richmond, according to the documents describing the reckless endangerment charge.

The shootings followed a fight Tuesday between Braden and one of the victims in a university parking lot, according to a heavily redacted affidavit by Lt. Donald Baynard of the Delaware State University police department. The victim received a small cut under his lip, and he spit saliva and blood on Braden's face, the affidavit said.

The dispute boiled over again late Thursday when Braden and someone else approached one of the victims as the victim waited in line for food at the on-campus Village Cafe. They argued about the earlier fight, and while the argument was diffused, Braden remained "very angry," the affidavit said.

The victims left the cafe and several witnesses told police Braden left shortly after they did, the affidavit said.

Four Dover police officers escorted Braden from the police department to the Justice of the Peace court for his hearing. He had his hands cuffed and his legs shackled. He wore a blue shirt, blue jeans and an earring in his left ear.

In response to reporters' questions, he softly said, "I'm sorry." Asked what he was sorry for, Braden replied only, "She's in the hospital."

Campus police Chief James Overton said Braden was a freshman student at DSU.

DSU and Dover police officials held an afternoon news conference at which time they formally announced Braden's arrest. They declined to provide specific details on how the case was solved. Overton said the case remains under investigation.

Mindful of the Virginia Tech massacre that killed 32 people in April, administrators ordered a swift shutdown of the DSU campus. They directed students to stay in their dorms, posted notices on buildings and the school Web site, and lowered gates while police searched for the gunman.

Classes resumed Monday without incident.

 

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