Arrests made in Duquesne basketball shootings
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Pittsburgh police announced Tuesday the
arrest of one teenager and the search for another in connection with the
shootings of five Duquesne University basketball players early Sunday morning.
The players hurt in the shootings were sophomore Aaron Jackson, and juniors
Sam Ashaolu, Stuard Baldonado, Shawn James and Kojo Mensah. Ashaolu remains
in critical condition at Mercy Hospital.
Brandon Baynes, 18, was arrested Tuesday morning and was charged with
aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, carrying a firearm
without a license, and criminal conspiracy.
Police have an arrest warrant out for 18-year-old William Holmes, also of Penn
Hills. Police say he’s the second gunman in this case and is considered to be
armed and extremely dangerous. He also faces charges of aggravated assault,
recklessly endangering another person, carrying a firearm without a license,
and criminal conspiracy.
“The University is grateful for the arrest and look forward to the quick
apprehension of the second suspect,” Duquesne president Charles Dougherty
said. “I commend the City of Pittsburgh Police Department, as well as our
Campus Police who are collaborating with them in the ongoing investigation,
for their efforts in resolving this case. We will continue to work together to
maintain Duquesne’s reputation as a safe campus.”
Police also reportedly arrested 19-year-old Brittany Jones, who is reportedly
an associate of Baynes. She was charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a
firearm without a license and criminal conspiracy.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Jones was arraigned Tuesday morning and
was released from Allegheny County Jail. She is a sophomore at Duquesne
and is a member of the Black Student Union, which sponsored the dance.
Mensah will join the men’s basketball team as a walk-on. He was a third-team
All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference guard at Siena last season.
James, the nation’s leading shot-blocker last season, transferred from
Northeastern University. He was to sit out the 2006-07 season per NCAA
Ashaolu, a forward transfer from Lake Region State College, is a cousin of
former Houston Rockets great Hakeem Olajuwon.
Jackson, a guard, is the lone returning player from the group involving in the
shooting. He started 21 of 27 games last season for the 3-24 Dukes and
averaged 6.8 points.
Baldonado is a transfer from Miami Dade College.