Student first arrested in campus shooting wants name cleared

January 29, 2013 5:13:12 PM PST
The man who was first arrested in the Lone Star College shooting and then set free wants an apology.

Carlton Berry is angry about how he was treated following the shooting last week on the north Harris County campus. He was in jail for a week, and deputies later dropped all charges against him. Now he's talking about his ordeal.

Now that he's been cleared of aggravated assault charges after he was accused of being involved in a shooting at Lone Star College last week that injured three people, including himself, Berry says he wants to clear his name.

He said, "All I know is I am a good person. I don't run with gangs. I am not a gang member. I attend school to further my education so I can have a better future."

Berry says he was at Lone Star College last week in a hallway talking with accused gunman Trey Foster, a man he calls an acquaintance he's known since high school, when investigators say Foster got into an altercation with shooting victim Jody Neal. Berry told us he doesn't know how it started or even remember what happened next. But he claims he had nothing to do with the shooting.

Berry was initially charged but on Monday the district attorney's office said it lacked evidence so the charges were dropped. Now Berry is asking for an apology for statements made by Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia last week.

"I hope he gets what he deserves," Sheriff Garcia said last week.

But when I asked Sheriff Garcia about that on Monday he said he didn't do anything wrong.

"I'm not going to apologize. I owe him not apology," said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. "This is an ongoing that is still in progress."

But community activist Quanell X says that's not acceptable.

"I say to Sheriff Garcia, when you say that you have nothing to apologize for, and that you refuse to apologize to Carlton Berry, we're saying that you're refusing to apologize because you don't want to do the right thing," Quanell said.

We contacted the sheriff's office after Berry's press conference and a spokesperson there said nothing has changed, and that the sheriff has already commented on that and has nothing else to add.

Meanwhile, Quanell X is now calling on the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office to expunge Berry's arrest and charge.

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