Wilhelm told police he was showing friends a new flashlight accessory on his rifle and he didn't realize the gun was loaded. The gun discharged and the bullet hit 20-year-old Ashley in the chest before hitting another student in the wrist. Ashley died at the scene.
Firearms are prohibited on public university campuses in Florida. The fraternity is a private building, but the lease agreement specified that no guns were allowed in the building. The State Attorney's office is looking into whether any gun-related charges will be added.