Palm Bay, FL (Florida Today) -- 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 backto the school.
Classes resumed Monday. Theshooting on Thursday afternoon put one man in the hospital. Palm BayPolice say Amado Contreras, 25, and his 24-year-old brother, Landyer,attacked student Landrick Hamilton, 24, with a pool cue near a collegebuilding.
Authoritiessay Hamilton got a gun from his car and fired one shot, hittingContreras, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threateninginjuries.
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.
EasternFlorida President Jim Richey said that the claims of self-defense and aFlorida appeals court ruling factored into the decision to inviteHamilton back to class. He was the only student involved in theincident; the other two men were not, according to the college.
"We'rereaching out to him to see what we can do," Richey said. "He has aspecial place at our college, so we're concerned about how he's doingand how he's feeling and, hopefully, he feels well enough to continueclasses."
EasternFlorida's policy bars guns from campus. However, leaders are revisingthat rule after a 1st District Court of Appeals decision in Decembersaid colleges and universities cannot stop individuals from storing gunsin their cars.
Hamiltonhas no prior history of discipline problems at the college and will notface any discipline from the incident, said Eastern Florida spokesmanJohn Glisch.
Itwas unclear last week whether the college would discipline - or evenexpel - Hamilton. At the time, Glisch had said: "We're moving veryslowly and not taking any action until the police investigation iscompleted and the many unanswered questions are resolved."
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