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Second Duquesne Suspect Surrenders

September 20, 2006

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A second man charged in a shooting that wounded five Duquesne University basketball players turned himself in Wednesday, police said.

William Holmes, 18, of the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills, was to be arraigned later Wednesday on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and weapons-related offenses.

Holmes is the third person arrested in Sunday’s shooting after a dance at the private, Roman Catholic university. One player was critically injured.

The other 18-year-old accused of shooting at the players, Brandon Baynes, was jailed Tuesday on similar charges. Holmes and Baynes are not Duquesne students.

Baynes and Holmes crashed a campus dance sponsored by the Black Student Union where they encountered the basketball players, according to police. They and two friends got into the dance with help from Brittany Jones, who is active with the Black Student Union, police said.

Jones, 19, was arrested Monday on charges of reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal conspiracy. She was arraigned and posted bond Tuesday morning.

A witness who was at the dance reported hearing an argument outside and saw two men firing guns at the victims. Using driver’s license photos, the witness identified one of the men as Baynes, according to the criminal complaint against him.

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