Nkoise McClain: Indian River State College Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex shooting suspect

Laughing hysterically before shooting student says

FORT PIERCE — A motorist who brandished and fired a handgun at several locations, before being apprehended near Indian River State College, was Nkoise McClain, 19, of Fort Pierce, police said Friday.

The resident of the 2700 block of Juanita Avenue was taken into custody at 4:45 p.m. Thursday and hospitalized.

Early Friday, McClain was arrested on seven charges including aggravated assault, improper exhibition of a firearm, and leaving the scene of an accident.

He currently is in the St. Lucie County Jail with undisclosed injuries.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been called into the investigation because an officer discharged a firearm. 

The name of the injured student was identified Friday afternoon as Roxette Ojeda of Port St Lucie. Who fired the bullet that struck here remains unclear.

More than a dozen law enforcement vehicles converged at the college and police closed off the area with crime scene tape and blocked off parts of Kirby Loop Road and Rogers Road, as local residents watched.

Police said that McClain ending up at the college was just a coincidence.

It isn't known what started the incident, which included a hit-and-run accident on 29th Street and Avenue K and a drive-by shooting in the 4000 block of Avenue K. at about 4 p.m. Several shots were fired into an occupied dwelling where, according to sheriff's reports, McClain had a dispute with one of the residents.

The victim of the hit-and-run followed the truck and told police that it went into a parking lot at a library at North 31st Street and Avenue D, where it spun in circles as two shots were fired.

At about 4:30 p.m., the truck turned into a parking lot at the college's main campus. A student told police of seeing a green truck doing circles next to the Student Union and that the driver had a gun in his hand. The truck then drove off on a sidewalk. Law enforcement officers followed him into a parking lot at the college's nearby Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex at 4600 Kirby Loop Road.

A pursuing officer used her vehicle's public address system to warn the 20 students and faculty in the parking lot to get out of way. The truck driver drove toward several bystanders — one had to dive into a ditch — and a student told police the driver was laughing hysterically and had his hand raised, like he was holding a gun, reports state.

Several shots were fired and a deputy took the driver out of the vehicle.

McClain "did present a threat to the officers and the community," said Baldwin said. "As the incident was going on, there was quite a bit of danger to the community."

The hit-and-run incident prompted St. Lucie County School officials to lock down Chester A. Moore Elementary, 827 N. 29th St., for a brief time, according to district spokeswoman Janice Karst. Administrators kept the students and postponed dismissal about 10 minutes, until 4:15 p.m. Parents were notified of the lockdown.

Evening classes at the college's Public Safety campus were canceled after the shooting. School officials notified students through email alerts, Reverse 911 calls, Facebook and the college website, Abaldo said.

One officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Charges against McClain

Aggravated assault with a firearm from a motor vehicle

Aggravated assault on an officer

Firing weapon from a vehicle

Fleeing and attempting to elude from police with disregard for public safety

Hit and run vehicle accident

Improper exhibition of a firearm

SOURCE: Fort Pierce Police Department

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