Police arrest three in student shooting

By Kayli Plotner

Carbondale Police have confirmed three arrests were made in response to the shooting of SIU student Dexter Lee.

Darrion Jake of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Ternell Alritton of Carbondale and Robert E. Glass of Carbondale were taken to the Jackson County jail Friday evening.

Jake is believed to be the shooter, being charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action. Glass and Albritton were each charged with mob action according to Carbondale Police.


Lee, a senior from Chicago studying electronic system technology, said he was shot in the abdomen and sent to the hospital to have the bullet removed from his colon, which resulted in at least 12 stitches. He is in recovery at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Lee said he was attempting to break up an altercation, but has learned not to always try to be the hero.

“When I said, we’ve got everything under control, I guess he thought I was the guy he had got into it with,” Lee said. “And he ended up shooting the gun.”

The shooting took place early Friday morning at Taqueria La Fogata restaurant on South Illinois Avenue. Around 1:30 a.m. police began to block off traffic in front of Sam’s Cafe. Police say they used pepper spray to break up the group of more than 200 people in the street.

A Taqueria La Fogata worker said he thought the weapon was a BB gun, and the victim walked to the ambulance and did not appear to be critically harmed.

Police on scene refused to comment about the nature of the incident.

More information will be added to this story as it develops.