Man charged in connection to February shooting on W&M campus

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William & Mary Police have filed charges against a man in connection to an early morning shooting Feb. 26 near Zable Stadium.

Police have charged Rakeem D. James, 24, with one count of reckless handling of a firearm and one count of discharging a firearm in public, according to William & Mary spokeswoman Suzanne Seurattan.

James, a Williamsburg resident, allegedly discharged a firearm into the air on Stadium Drive. The incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. Feb. 26.

He was served with warrants on the two class 1 misdemeanor charges , which only required his signature. He was not taken into custody. James’ first court appearance is scheduled for March 21, Seurattan said.

James is not affiliated with the college, she added.

After the incident in February, police detained five people in connection to shots fired.

Williamsburg Police said they heard a short burst of shots and were immediately able to detain the people they believed were involved.

William & Mary Police also responded to the call, the email said.

The shots were fired into the air from a handgun, and there were no injuries or property damage from the incident, according to the email, which was signed by William & Mary Police Chief Deb Cheesebro.

Police said the people involved in the incident are not affiliated with William & Mary.

“There is no known motive beyond discharging the firearm in the air,” the email said.

All five people, including James, have been banned from William & Mary owned, leased or controlled property.

This story will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.