ORONO, Maine — A week after two University of Maine football players were suspended from the team for allegedly shooting two other students with BB guns, a third student was caught with a BB gun on campus, university spokesman Ron Lisnet said Tuesday.
The Knox Hall student was not charged in the Monday afternoon incident, he said.
“Basically a student had a BB gun and due to school rules it has to be stored” at the police station, Lisnet said. “If he goes off campus or goes home, he can take it when he leaves.”
UMaine’s weapons policy clearly states that “no weapons or ammunition shall be worn, displayed, used or possessed on campus,” he said, adding that policy covers BB and pellet guns.
Freshman defensive backs Aamad Bush and Malik Walker, both 18 and of New Jersey, were charged with assault and criminal threatening for their involvement in an incident last week on the first floor of Somerset Hall, according to UMaine Police Chief Roland LaCroix. The incident, which apparently started out as goofing around that turned into a fight, wasn’t reported until Jan. 18, a day or so after the incident, he said.
Bush and Walker allegedly fired shots from BB guns at the room’s occupants after an unidentified third student, who was not charged, had knocked on the door and propped it open.
“One of the guys said, ‘All right, don’t do that again,’ and he [Bush] shot him again. Then a scuffle ensued,” LaCroix said.
During the subsequent fight between Bush and the first victim, Walker shot the room’s other occupant with a BB gun, LaCroix said. “The university’s not going to tolerate that type of behavior.”
In addition to being suspended indefinitely from the football team, both Bush and Walker have been kicked out of their on-campus housing, cannot practice with the team during the winter workouts and spring practices, and if head football coach Jack Cosgrove decides to allow the players to rejoin the team, they would serve a one-game suspension for the opening game of the 2012 season, campus officials have said.
BDN reporter Pete Warner contributed to this story.