Two of the four students shot were critically injured
Clarion News staff reports
UPDATE: According to court reports, Hawley was released from the Cole County jail onNov. 24, 2020 after posting bond. A court hearing scheduled for Dec. 10, 2020 has been postponed until Jan. 26, 2020.
JEFFERSON CITY – A Lincoln University student facing felony charges in connection with the recent shooting of four people outside the LINC was arraigned today in Cole County Circuit Court. A bond and counsel hearing was set for Nov. 20.
Deangelo Hawley Jr., 19, of Kansas City, remains incarcerated in the Cole County Jail. He faces four felony counts of accessory to first-degree assault, one felony charge of aiding in a shooting from a vehicle, and one felony charge of armed criminal action. Five of the six charges are Class A felonies. A conviction on a Class A felony is punishable by 10 years to life in prison.
Court records say police believe Hawley was with of a group of campus visitors from Kansas City that were earlier involved in a fight at an LU dorm. The group of visitors – along with student Hawley – later retaliated by shooting four students outside the LINC, which is on the opposite side of campus from the dorm. Nobody was killed, but two students remain hospitalized with critical injuries.
According to media reports, Lincoln University Police Department officers were first on the scene, rendering medical aid to the injured. Jefferson City police arrived and took over the investigation. LUPD Chief Gary Hill recently told the LU Board of Curators that there were problems between the visitors and several students.
Hill noted that campus security has been increased and a “no visitors” policy is in force. The investigation by the Jefferson City police continues.