Bethune-Cookman University is offering a $1000 reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of suspects involved in a shooting on the Daytona Beach campus Monday evening. Daytona Beach Police issued a press release Tuesday announcing the reward, and also posted a video of a vehicle involved in the incident. The three BCU students were shot around 6:40 Monday night, and suffered non-life threatening injuries, in an incident that Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood said “…could’ve been a horrible tragedy.” He credited BCU Security officers with a quick and effective response to the incident.
Police said Tuesday that the three injured students were 19-year old Juanye Jones, 18-year old Keshaun Reeves, and 18-year old Dante Ridford. Jones reported a graze wound to the left ear as he laid on the ground on his left side after hearing the shots. Reeves was shot in the right shoulder and treated at Halifax Hospital, and Ridford suffered a graze wound to the right knee.
Two shooters exchanged gunfire
Daytona Beach Police said Tuesday that video showed two shooters, and that officers also found two different kinds of shell casings during their investigation. Police said the video shows a black SUV – possibly a Chevrolet HHR – entering the campus parking lot east of Lincoln Street. Police say a black male is seen getting out of the SUV and shouts at someone around 100 yards away. That person “…fires several rounds…” at the black male by the SUV, who “…fires several rounds…” in return, and then the vehicle leaves the area.
Police said Tuesday that no one has been arrested in the case, and that investigators have been unable to find eyewitnesses to the incident. If you have information about the shooting, you can contact Daytona Beach Police Detective David Dinardi at 386-671-5219, or at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also send a web tip anonymously by navigating to the Daytona Beach Police Department website and clicking on “Anonymous Crime Tip.” You can also text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637), and begin the text message with DBTIPS.
The shooting seemed particularly out of place early Monday evening as students and residents at and near the university strolled along streets in the area and the campus grounds. Several people approached this Examiner along North Lincoln Street asking what the police were responding to in the area, as Daytona Beach Police secured the crime scene and officers directed traffic away from the North Lincoln Street campus entrance. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter also supported police officers who were searching for suspects and for a possible abandoned back pack. No suspects or items were found. Two males stopped by BCU Security were detained and questioned by Daytona Beach Police Monday night and later released. The Daytona Beach Fire Department and EVAC ambulance also responded to the scene.
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