Man arrested in Duquesne University shooting
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
By Jim McKinnon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of five Duquesne basketball players early Sunday at a campus party.
The alleged gunman was arrested overnight. His name has not yet been released. The man will be arraigned this morning on charges related to the shooting.
Two other men are in custody, but are thought to be witnesses to the shooting.
Brittany Jones, 19, of Penn Hills, who is said to be an associate of the suspect, was arrested last night. She was charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal conspiracy, according to her attorney, James M. Ecker. She was arraigned at 6:30 a.m. and is to be released from Allegheny County Jail within the hour, said Mr. Ecker. Ms. Jones is a sophomore at Duquesne University and a member of the Black Student Union, sponsor of the party.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Ms. Jones got a call from a friend named Kenny Eason the night of the dance. He asked if he could come to the party. Mr. Eason arrived on campus with several friends and his brother, Jeremiah Eason. As the group was walking toward the Duquesne Union where the party was being held, Kenny Eason asked Ms. Jones if they would be frisked at the door. She went ahead of the group and asked the doorman whether those attending were being checked for weapons, and was told they would not be. Ms. Jones noticed that Mr. Eason and several of his friends were carrying guns, according to the affidavit. One of them, identified only as "Little Bill," is named as the person with whom she conspired to smuggle weapons into the party.
After the party ended at 2 a.m., Ms. Jones was walking toward the Towers dormitory and heard arguing. She ran toward the sound of voices and saw one of the men in the group that had accompanied her to the party shooting toward several men. Ms. Jones did not identify the shooter. Afterward, she saw several men lying on the ground bleeding.
The affidavit does not contain information about what happened at the party that might have sparked the confrontation.