A 21-year-old man who was charged with murder Monday night in connection with the fatal shooting of a high school sophomore was on probation for previous convictions.
Deionta Lee Hayes was arrested at police headquarters about 6 p.m. Monday after being brought in for questioning about the shooting of Chaz A. Black, 16, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
Last fall, Hayes received five years' probation after being sentenced to prison for first-degree wanton endangerment and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Hayes also has a conviction for second-degree robbery, court records show.
Chaz, 16, died Sunday after being shot inside a friend's apartment on Palumbo Drive.
In addition to one count of murder, Hayes is charged with one count of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree assault. He was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.
Hayes was denied release and bail credit because "he is a danger to others," court documents say.
A police report says Chaz and Hayes were acquaintances.
Tensions and emotions were high Monday at four Fayette County Public School campuses.
About 75 students gathered in the library at Henry Clay High School, where Chaz was a student.
Mike Kennedy, associate director for human resources at Fayette County Public Schools, said the effects of Chaz's death were felt on several other campuses, where Chaz had friends and connections.
More than 20 students gathered in the cafeteria at Bryan Station High School, he said. Crisis specialists also counseled students at the Lexington Day Treatment Center, where Chaz had been a student, and at Martin Luther King Academy.
"He had a lot of friends. He was extremely popular," Kennedy said.
Dozens of students wore red and black clothes in honor of Chaz, Kennedy said. They wrote letters to his family, prayed and spoke publicly about Chaz. Several said it was "stupid" or "cowardly" to settle problems with guns, he said.
Lexington police officers were stationed at Henry Clay and Bryan Station high schools throughout the day. The school system requested additional officers on the campuses as a precaution, officials said.
Rumors swirled about what led to the shooting; many students said Chaz and several others were playing dice in the apartment on Palumbo Drive when the shooting happened, Kennedy said. That rumor also circulated on Twitter, where friends used the hashtags #RIPDolla, #ChazMemories and #RIPChaz to share memories of the slain teen.
Lexington police have not officially said what led to the shooting or what evidence led them to Hayes, only that the shooting was preceded by some type of disagreement. Two other teens were shot and injured in the apartment. They had not been publicly identified Monday, and school officials did not know whether they were students.
Police said two other people, at least one of whom was presumably a shooter, fled after the shooting. No one was home Monday at the apartment, which is in a building at the back of the Man o' War Crossings apartments at Palumbo Drive and Man o' War Boulevard.
Kennedy said counselors were available for students for as long as needed, but by the end of the day, most students had returned to class and were gradually getting back to their normal routines.
"These kinds of things really impact our kids right to the core of their existence. They know they're mortal," Kennedy said. "This young life, just 16 years old, is just over."
Funeral arrangements for Chaz were pending Monday.