- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2006

1:15 p.m.

PITTSBURGH — A woman has been arrested on weapons-related charges stemming from the shootings of five members of the Duquesne University basketball team.

The woman was accused of helping six men, some of whom she knew were armed, get into a school dance, according to court documents released today.

Duquesne sophomore Brittany Jones, 19, was arrested yesterday on charges of reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal conspiracy, according to documents obtained by Associated Press.

Miss Jones was arraigned and posted bond this morning, leaving the Allegheny County Jail out of the view of television cameras.

Police would not say if they had arrested any suspects in the shooting.

Three players remain hospitalized following Sunday’s shootings after the dance, sponsored by the school’s Black Student Union. The most seriously wounded, junior forward Sam Ashaolu, 23, was in critical condition at Mercy Hospital with bullet fragments in his head.

According to a criminal complaint, Miss Jones, who is active with the Black Student Union, got a call from a man asking if he and his brother could come to the dance. They arrived with four others about midnight.

Miss Jones told police she became aware while walking to the party that several of the men had guns, and they asked Miss Jones if they were going to be “patted down” before entering, authorities said. Police have not said how Miss Jones learned the men were armed.

The doorman reportedly told Miss Jones that partygoers weren’t being searched, and the men went into the dance, police said.

Miss Jones’ attorney, James Ecker, would not confirm whether she was cooperating with authorities and would not comment on reports that authorities may drop charges if she provides information to the police.

“I can say she’s spent a lot of time with police in the last couple of days, Sunday and Monday,” Mr. Ecker said. “Until this case goes to a hearing or trial, she’s presumed innocent.”

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