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Arrest Made In Coppin State Student Shooting

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Coppin State student was nearly killed while returning from the grocery store. Police say they have the man responsible in custody.

 Kelly McPherson is following this development in the investigation.

 Dale Dunn helped catch his attacker—two months after he nearly died near his school, Coppin State University.

 The star athlete with a 4.0 GPA was walking home from Shoppers supermarket at Mondawmin Mall in October when police now say Michael Jones robbed him, and then shot him.

“I didn’t know you couldn’t walk to the grocery store to get something to eat.  It’s ridiculous,” said a friend to the victim.

“Tears came to my eyes just to run into the emergency room and scream out, ‘I need help. My friend has been shot,’” said another friend.

Classmates didn’t think Dunn would survive.

He did. And he was able to identify the 19-year-old suspect who he says shot him that night.

Jones was arrested Thursday at the McDonalds at BWI where he works.

Witnesses also helped.

“Several interviews were done, and it comes down to community intelligence, the community working with western district detectives, and we were able to make an arrest in this case,” said Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore Police Department.

After the shooting, Coppin State increased its police presence, but students and faculty have questioned if that really makes a difference in keeping the campus safe.

“The answer is we need to get the guns off the street,” said Steve Dickson, Dunn’s professor. “And once we get the guns off the street, they won’t have anything to shoot anybody with.”

Jones was first arrested earlier this month for a handgun violation. After running tests on that gun, police were not able to link it to any other crimes. It was the witness interviews that clinched this arrest for Baltimore police.

The victim is out of the hospital and still recovering from the shooting at home.

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