District Attorney Announces New Arrests in Duquesne University Investigation
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. today announced developments in the case of the incident on Duquesne's campus.
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
County of Allegheny
Pittsburgh PA -- Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. announced today that two additional arrests have been made in connection with the September 17, 2006 shooting of five individuals on the campus of Duquesne University.
Derrick Lee, of Pittsburgh, has now been identified as the second gunman in the shooting and faces numerous charges including five counts of aggravated assault and one count of conspiracy. In addition, five counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal solicitation have been filed against Erica Renee Sager of Wilkinsburg.
As a result of the arrest of Derrick Lee, all charges have been withdrawn against Brandon Baynes who was initially identified through witness interviews as the second gunman.
"I have determined through the re-interviewing of a witness in this case that Brandon Baynes could not have been the second gunman involved in this shooting," said D.A. Zappala. "This crime struck at the very heart of our community, and I am confident that the individuals responsible for this tragedy will be brought to justice," added Zappala.
The District Attorney also took the opportunity to praise the Duquesne University administration and community for their swift response to the shooting and to the Pittsburgh Police Department for their thorough and aggressive investigation.
This release was posted on Thursday, September 28th, 2006 at 9:48 am
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.