Police Arrest Student Suspected in Shooting

By: Garance Burke AP
By: Garance Burke AP

Police on Tuesday arrested the college student suspected of opening fire at an apartment near California State University, Fresno, killing one man and wounding two others in a dispute over a video game console.

Jonquel Brooks, 19, of Hayward, was taken into custody after a
morning of intense phone negotiations with police, his parents and
an attorney, said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

"The suspect had altered his appearance significantly," Dyer said. "He shaved his head and also changed his clothing apparently in an attempt to avoid being recognized."

Brooks, who was majoring in criminology at Fresno State, was arrested after police and federal agents launched a manhunt for him. Investigators initially believed he was still inside the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, but expanded the search to other parts of Fresno after they determined he had fled.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office identified the deceased victim as a Brant Daniels, 19, who had moved from the Los Angeles area to attend Fresno State but was not a current student.

Police identified the two wounded men as Fresno State student Roderick Buycks, 19, and Drew Pfeiff, 22, who is not enrolled at the university. The two men were taken to a hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds.

Fresno State students were never in danger because police were
in contact with the gunman and knew he was not on campus, Dyer
said.

Police were searching for evidence, including the gun, at six apartments at University Village Apartments, across from the university's football stadium.

The incident began when Brooks got into a confrontation with four men over a Sony PlayStation console shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, Dyer said.

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