Two College Football Players Shot, Suspect Still Loose

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Two college football players were shot Thursday afternoon in a drive-by shooting.

The victims — Anthony Jones and Mershawn Miller — play for Florida International University in Miami. The two men were shot in Opa-locka, near Miami, while they were visiting a friend.

They were standing outside when someone in a car starting shooting them as it drove by.

The gunman was still at large Friday morning.

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Jones, a junior running back, was shot in the face and back. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He is in serious condition, but police said his injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening, reported the Miami Herald.

Miller, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, was shot in the arm. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance and released overnight, WTVJ-TV in Miami reported.

“I thought my life was going to change,” Miller’s father, Emerson Miller, told reporters Thursday outside of Jackson Memorial, according to WTVJ.

He said his son was “at the wrong place at the wrong time” and called the shooter a “coward.”

“You shot two good kids trying to do something with themselves,” Emerson Miller said. “You’re out here doing nothing.”

FIU coach Butch Davis said the university community was praying for a speedy recovery.

“When you hear the news that we received today, your heart drops,” Davis said, according to WTVJ. “We’ve been receiving encouraging reports on their conditions and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Anthony Jones and Mershawn Miller during this time.”

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Jones is the team’s lead running back. In the season opener last Saturday against Indiana, he rushed for 88 yards with two touchdowns. The Panthers lost 38-28.

Both Jones and Miller went to Miami Central High School.

Jones is the cousin of Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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