Bullet fragment found lodged in head of B-CU shooting victim
Daytona Beach police ID getaway vehicle, say owner cooperating
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the three students shot on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University earlier this week ended up back in the hospital Wednesday night.
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Volusia County deputies told Local 6 that the student, identified as 19-year-old Juanye Jones, went to Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach because he had a bad headache. Doctors then discovered that he had a bullet fragment lodged in his head.
Jones thought a bullet just grazed his head Monday night when gunfire erupted on the Daytona Beach campus. Despite the fragment, deputies said he will make a full recovery.
Daytona Beach police announced Wednesday that the reward for information about the shooters has been increased to $10,500.
"I know that when you want people to talk, you got to raise the ante a little bit," said Chief Mike Chitwood, of Daytona Beach Police Department.
Two gunmen fired shots just before 7 p.m. Monday at the school, located on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, injuring three bystanders near the music building, officials said.
Daytona Beach police said one of the other victims, Keshaun Reeves, 18, was transported Monday night to Halifax Hospital with a graze wound to the shoulder.
The third shooting victim, Dante Ridford, 18, suffered a graze wound to the right knee. Police said Monday night he was not cooperating with the investigation.
The victims' injuries were all non-life-threatening.
Video showing a gunman opening fire in a shooting that injured the students was released Tuesday by police.
In the video, one of the gunmen is seen getting out of a black SUV believed to be a Chevrolet HHR and firing three shots. Details about the other shooter have not been released.
On Thursday, Daytona Beach police said they had identified the SUV and the owner of the vehicle was cooperating with authorities. No other details have been released.
Roderick Dantzler said he was working on campus when he heard the shooting.
"First, I heard a little bit of arguing, then I heard, 'Pow, pow, pow.' (I heard) two or three shots," Dantzler said.
Daytona Beach police spokesman Jimmie Flynt told Local 6, "It's scary because you probably had a whole bunch of people out here, and if security hadn't been right on scene, who knows what would've happened?"
"Our public safety officers responded swiftly to secure the campus and we are grateful that the injuries sustained by our students were non-life threatening. As a community we will gather to remind our students of the importance of upholding the core values on which this university was built," Bethune-Cookman University President Edison Jackson said.
Jackson said guns on campus won't be tolerated and that it was unacceptable behavior.
The school said more cameras and security measures will be added, officials said.
The school, Daytona Beach police and the family of Dr. James Huger, a prominent civil rights leader, are offering the reward, which is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooters.
"We heard from Chief Chitwood with the Daytona Beach Police, that if we raised $5,000 dollars they would match it," said Beverly James, Director of Communications for BCU.
Students said they have mixed reactions about the new reward.
"I still feel like no one's going to tell because they don't want to be a snitch," said Joneisha Holman.
It's a culture that the university and police said they are trying to break.
"We want them to understand that their safety is at risk and the safety of other students is at risk. We want to make sure we extend that message very, very strongly," said James.
"We're imploring the students to come forward and give us the information and take your campus back. Send the message that we're not going to allow violence and thuggery to occur in our community," said Chitwood.
The university notified students of the new reward on its website and social media, along with an email alert.
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