University of Maine football players Aamad Bush and Malik Walker were charged with assault and criminal threatening after a dormitory fight on Jan. 18, during which a BB gun was fired. Both were suspended indefinitely from the team after the incident.
Bush and Walker, both 18, were charged with Class D offenses. Their arraignment, which has already been rescheduled twice, is scheduled for June 5. The arraignment was initially scheduled for Feb. 16 and was then pushed to April 12.
According to University of Maine police Lt. Robert Welch, the incident began when Bush and Walker saw another member of the football team having a conversation in the doorway of a first-floor room in Somerset Hall at 1 a.m. Jan. 18. Police said they entered the room uninvited and Bush proceeded to fire the BB gun at the side and arm of the individual standing in the doorway, leading to a fight between the two.
While Bush and the football player were fighting, Walker shot one of the room’s residents in the arm with his own BB gun, according to Welch.
In Maine, Class D crimes carry a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the Office of the Maine Attorney General.