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* Police Have Arrested 18-Year-old Germaine Benjamin, 20-Year-Old Dimaryea McGhee And 18-Year-Old Jacori Bender In Connection To Shooting At Skyline College

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Three men have been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s shooting on the campus of Skyline College in San Bruno, police said today.Police have arrested 18-year-old Germaine Benjamin, 20-year-old Dimaryea McGhee and 18-year-old Jacori Bender, San Bruno police Cmdr. Marc Catalano said.All three were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and criminal conspiracy. Benjamin was also charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, Catalano said.The shooting occurred at about 1:30 p.m. in parking lot No. 6 on campus. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to 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.he suspects fled the parking lot in a fluorescent purple Ford Escort, and the shooting prompted a lockdown at the school.Classes were canceled for the remainder of the day Wednesday, and the college remained closed today.San Mateo County Community College District spokeswoman Barbara Christensen said today that Skyline’s emergency response went “as well as anyone could expect.” Within 20 minutes of the shooting, the college broadcast instructions to staff and students on the school’s public address system and placed everyone on lockdown, she said.”The campus was effectively shut down within 20 minutes,” Christensen said.The college’s electronic remote locking system was activated, and at about 2 p.m. emergency text messages and e-mails were sent out, Christensen said.She said the locking system allows about half of the buildings on campus to be locked remotely. This was the first time the system had been used in an emergency situation since the locks were installed in 2006.The emergency text message system is for students and staff who wish to receive alerts via their cell phones. It was set up in 2007 and was also used for the first time Wednesday, Christensen said.About 9,300 people have signed up to receive the alerts, she said.Some recipients reported that the text messages were delayed Wednesday, which Christensen said may have been due to a problem with the carrier. She said the district is investigating the problem.”No system is going to be 100 percent,” she said. The e-mail alerts were sent to every student currently enrolled at Skyline, as well as staff members. Christensen said the college encourages students to check their college e-mail accounts regularly.Students who gathered at the corner of College and Allen drives, just down the hill from campus, after the lockdown was lifted Wednesday said they were shocked a shooting had occurred there.”It was very scary,” a 20-year-old male student said. “I never thought it would happen here.”Other students said the campus, situated in a residential neighborhood of San Bruno near Skyline Drive, is generally a quiet place.”I hear about school shootings, but I didn’t think it would happen in this area,” a 22-year-old female student said. Student Ray Alhubaishy, said he saw three men he believed were the suspects fleeing the scene, but that he wasn’t scared.He said he was walking to his car when he saw the men running toward him, into the main campus.One of the men was carrying a silver handgun in his right hand, Alhubaishy said.”I didn’t think they were going to shoot me,” he said.Skyline College was closed for the remainder of Wednesday and stayed closed today as well. Classes are expected to resume Friday,Christensen said.She said college officials plan to review the situation to ensure that everything was done as efficiently as possible following the shooting.”We will definitely sit down and do a debriefing next week,” she said.Overall, she said, the response went well. “I think in a chaotic situation like we had yesterday, it was excellent.” MORE….

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