One student charged for Skyline shooting

September 4, 2009 1:47:52 PM PDT
One of three Skyline College students arrested in connection with the shooting of another student on campus Wednesday has been charged in San Mateo County Superior Court, and the other two will be released from custody this afternoon.

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Police arrested 18-year-old Germaine Benjamin, 20-year-old Dimaryea McGhee, and 18-year-old Jacori Bender near the campus at 3300 College Drive in San Bruno around 5 p.m. Wednesday, San Bruno police Cmdr. Marc Catalano said.

All three were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and criminal conspiracy, and Benjamin was also charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, Catalano said.

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office this morning filed one count of possession of a firearm on a college campus against Benjamin. He will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today and faces three years in state prison if convicted.

Bender and McGhee are expected to be released from custody this afternoon, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Authorities are still looking for three other suspects who are believed to have left the campus in a fluorescent purple Ford Escort, he said.

The shooting occurred at about 1:30 p.m. in parking lot No. 6.

The victim was shot in the buttocks and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital. He has since been released, Catalano said.

Police believe an altercation between two groups preceded the shooting, which Catalano said was an isolated incident.

The shooting prompted a lockdown at the school, and students described feeling "shocked" that such an event had taken place on campus. The college is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood.

"We don't find many problems there," Catalano said.

Classes were canceled for the remainder of the day Wednesday and stayed closed Thursday. The college reopened today, Catalano said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has information about the incident is asked to call the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100. Callers may remain anonymous.

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