A day after three students were shot and injured on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University, President Edison Jackson addressed the student body Tuesday morning and offered a reward of $1,000 to anyone with information about the shooters.
“You know guns are not permitted on this campus,” he told students who live in campus housing and were required to attend the meeting inside the school’s Performing Arts Center. Jackson also offered a $500 reward to anyone who reports a fellow student with a gun, and promised to add more security cameras to the campus.
“This is not the place for it,” he said. “We have to keep this campus safe. We have to find a better way to handle conflict.”
The shooting is still under investigation, and no one has been charged, Daytona Beach police said. It’s believed that at least one of the shooters is also a student, said Beverly James, school director of public relations.
Reports indicate at least two people pulled into the campus at Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard about 6:48 p.m. Monday in a silver car. The occupants of the car got out and an altercation erupted. One or two of the occupants then pulled out a gun and fired six to seven shots.
Three students, who are believed to be innocent bystanders trying to flee the scene, were shot, police said. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
“It’s by the grace of God” that nobody was killed, Jackson told students Tuesday. “That’s a shout out for God.”
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