In a Palm Bay Shooting today at the Eastern Florida State College, a man in his 20s was shot and injured following an argument and alleged beating. Yvonne Martinez, a spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police, said the victim of the shooting remains in a “fair condition” in hospital.
The shooting apparently took place after a man was attacked and beaten at the Palm Bay campus by two men. At one point, the man being attacked went to his car and pulled out a gun, shooting one of his attackers.
The incident follows a spate of School and College shootings recently, and comes just six weeks after the state appeals court reversed the University of North Florida’s ban on guns. That reversal also includes guns which are kept inside vehicles.
The EFSC’s website states clearly though that weapons are totally forbidden on campus: “Except for full-time law enforcement officers, no one will be permitted to carry any weapons while on college property,” it says.
According to the police, the shooter was being badly beaten by two men who were using a pool cue against him, when he rushed to his car to retrieve his weapon. The identity of the Palm Bay Shooting victim and the shooter himself have not been revealed although it is known that he is a student at the school.
Eyewitnesses and the police say that the fight took place right in front of the apprenticeship training building on the Eastern Florida State College Campus. A splintered pool cue could be seen laying about 50 meters away from a red Chrysler, which allegedly belongs to the shooter.
It remains to be seen whether the Palm Bay shooting was an act of self-defense as the police carry out a full investigation into the incident.