Arrest made in Bethune-Cookman University shooting

Ladell Pleasure faces charges of discharging weapon on school property


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach police on Wednesday arrested a man in a February shooting at Bethune-Cookman University that left three students injured.

Ladell Pleasure, 21, who attended B-CU, was arrested on six charges, including discharging a weapon on school property in the Feb. 23 shooting.  A judge on Thursday set Pleasure's bond at $27,500.

Pleasure is also no longer welcome on campus.

Deputies said two gunmen fired shots at the school, located on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, injuring three bystanders near the music building, officials said.

All the victims' injuries were non-life-threatening. 

Pleasure was arrested Wednesday and booked into jail at 3 p.m. after an eyewitness came forward Tuesday and identified him as one of the gunmen.

"My kids are the first in my generation to finish school and go to college," Pleasure's mother said Thursday at his court appearance.  "I work hard to get him here. I don't know what happened, I don't understand what happened, but I know that it will be resolved and it will be OK."

The university said school administrators and campus public safety are working with Daytona Beach police in the investigation.

"We are saddened and disappointed that this occurred on our campus. We want our students to understand the seriousness of this type of behavior. Our expectation is that students will seek alternative ways to resolve conflict," said President Edison O. Jackson. "B-CU has strong policies in place to handle these type of issues. If found guilty, we will follow up with appropriate campus judicial processes."

Since the shooting, the campus said it has strengthened its safety measures to ensure that the student body and the campus are safe and secure.

Jackson and his executive team continue to emphasize the core values of B-CU to its students, campus officials said.

Deputies are still searching for the second gunman.