An Eastern Florida State College student who shot a man during a fight on the college's Palm Bay campus last week is being invited back to the school.
PALM BAY, Fla. — An Eastern Florida State College student who shot a man during a fight on the college's Palm Bay campus last week is being invited back to the school.
Classes resumed Monday. The shooting on Thursday afternoon put one man in the hospital. Palm Bay Police say Amado Contreras, 25, and his 24-year-old brother, Landyer, attacked student Landrick Hamilton, 24, with a pool cue near a college building.
Authorities say Hamilton got a gun from his car and fired one shot, hitting Contreras, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
All three men in the fight are claiming self-defense, including Hamilton, the shooter.
The State Attorney's Office has not decided whether to file charges.
Eastern Florida President Jim Richey said that the claims of self-defense and a Florida appeals court ruling factored into the decision to invite Hamilton back to class. He was the only student involved in the incident; the other two men were not, according to the college.
"We're reaching out to him to see what we can do," Richey said. "He has a special place at our college, so we're concerned about how he's doing and how he's feeling and, hopefully, he feels well enough to continue classes."
Eastern Florida's policy bars guns from campus. However, leaders are revising that rule after a 1st District Court of Appeals decision in December said colleges and universities cannot stop individuals from storing guns in their cars.
Hamilton has no prior history of discipline problems at the college and will not face any discipline from the incident, said Eastern Florida spokesman John Glisch.
It was unclear last week whether the college would discipline — or even expel — Hamilton. At the time, Glisch had said: "We're moving very slowly and not taking any action until the police investigation is completed and the many unanswered questions are resolved."