No suspects, motive yet in Savannah State student’s shooting death

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ex-DeKalb football standout fatally shot at Savannah State.

The fatal shooting of a student at Savannah State University Thursday has trained fresh attention on whether guns should be allowed on college campuses in Georgia. Christopher Starks, a 22-year-old junior from Atlanta, was fatally shot at the student union at SSU in Georgia, according to a university news release. Attempts to permit firearms at Georgia’s universities have failed in recent years under opposition from several groups, including the powerful state Board of Regents, which governs the University System of Georgia, and the Technical College System. “College campuses all have their own security – and they are people who are trained and know what to do with a gun,” said Dee-Jay Beard, a board member with Georgians for Gun Safety. “We don’t think students should have guns on campus. There are too many volatile possibilities that can happen.” “We believe you should have the right to protect yourself, no matter where you travel, and that includes college campuses,” said Jerry Henry, executive director of Georgia Carry, a gun rights support group.

Here’s more information on Starks: High school: Starks graduated in 2012 from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, where he played football and competed in track and field. Administrators at the historically black college sent an email to staff and students saying that although “public safety has lifted the campus lockdown and traffic has resumed” they should remain in the rooms. The incident, which prompted a two-hour lockdown as police swept the area for the shooter, came a day after two television journalists were killed by a gunman during a live broadcast in Virginia. “This is our brother. Nicknamed “Cooley,” Starks had been a rising football star at Appalachian State University in North Carolina in 2012 and 2013, before he was sidelined by an injury, university coach Scott Satterfield said in a statement.

In February, authorities investigated an early-morning shooting that happened amid an altercation between two fraternities on the University of Georgia campus. An audio recording the student paper attributed to the university administration, and posted on its YouTube page, said campus police were searching for a male shooter said to be seen near the University Commons. A former football standout, 22-year-old Christopher Starks had a passion for music and was eager to see whether he could make it his career, his family said.

Starks majored in media broadcasting until he transferred to Savannah State in 2013, the statement noted. “We’re all in shock here,” said Dwayne McKinney, his coach at Southwest DeKalb High School outside Atlanta, which he attended before his senior year. “He was a good kid. Music: Starks was an aspiring rapper who performed under the stage name “Booley Boo.” An Atlanta audio engineer posted on Twitter that he had recently recorded Starks at his studio.

In February of 2013, authorities charged a Clark Atlanta University student with felony aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon after he allegedly shot a Morehouse College student. In September 2013, 20-year-old Donald Bernard Lewis, who was not a student, was killed in an early morning shooting at the University Village student housing complex.

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