UPDATE: Criminal complaint filed against alleged SMCC shooter

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The following news release was sent by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

PHOENIX - County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Rodney Eugene Smith, Jr., 22 (DOB 1/13/86), has been criminally accused in a direct complaint related to the shootings of three victims on July 24, 2008, at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. The July 28, 2008 complaint contains the following charges: three counts of Aggravated Assault, class three dangerous felonies. Additional charges may be forthcoming. The victims, two males, 20 and 17, and a 20 year-old female, were all hospitalized for medical treatment.

According to a Phoenix Police probable cause statement, officers responded to several radio calls reporting a shooting in the Technology Center at South Mountain Community College. Arriving officers found three individuals with gunshot wounds. Initial statements to patrol officers described a verbal argument between the defendant and two male students. When the argument became physical, the defendant pulled a handgun from his waist area and shot multiple times. One witness identified the defendant by name. Smith was arrested at his home after officers were sent to investigate. After a search

warrant was served, police discovered a 9MM handgun, holster, and ammunition.

"The tempest of school shootings is very much a concern all across the country," said Thomas. "Maricopa County is not immune to this type of violence. We will prosecute these charges to the fullest extent of the law."


PHOENIX -- The man accused of shooting three people at a Phoenix community college is being held on $200,000 bond.

Suspect indicted

Rodney Eugene Smith, 22, was arrested in front of his home near 23rd and Southern avenues not long after Thursday's shooting.

According to a neighbor, Rodney Smith's family called the police after he came home.

Five of Rodney Smith's family members, including his parents, were taken into custody, as well, for allegedly interfering with the police.

The shooting happened at about 4 p.m. at South Mountain Community College.

Witnesses said Rodney Smith, a former student at the college, got into a heated argument with Issac Smith, 19, in a computer lab on the second floor of the Technical Services Building.

Isaac Smith was wounded, along with two people who were there doing their homework.

Those people -- a 20-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy -- reportedly were in stable condition. Witnesses said there were between 15 and 30 other people inside the lab at the time of the shooting.

Issac Smith reportedly remains in critical condition.

According to information given to investigators, Isaac Smith and his brother were charged in December with aggravated assault for allegedly assaulting Rodney Smith.

Court documents indicate that the two men got into an argument Thursday afternoon. During that confrontation, Isaac Smith reportedly punched Rodney Smith. That's when Rodney Smith allegedly pulled a gun and fired.

Police took Rodney Smith into custody within about 30 minutes of receiving the first 911 call about the shooting. He was transferred to Fourth Avenue Jail late Thursday night and made his initial appearance before a judge late Friday morning.

Rodney Smith has been booked for investigation of three counts of aggravated assault, 12 counts of endangerment and one count of misconduct involving a weapon. The judge set Smith's bond at $200,000.

The campus was put into a brief lockdown after the shooting. An e-mail was sent to all faculty telling them to remain in their offices and lock the doors.

Thursday evening's classes at SMCC, which is located at the base of South Mountain at 24th Avenue and Baseline Road and has more than 8,000 students per year, were canceled. The campus is usually closed on Fridays during the summer session, but it is expected to reopen Monday.