Police: 3 Southern Miss. football players shot

Three University of Southern Mississippi football players were
shot during a fight at a nightclub, and all three are in fair
condition at a local hospital, police said Sunday.

Linebackers Martez Smith and Tim Green and defensive end
Deddrick Jones were shot just after 1:30 a.m., Hattiesburg police
spokesman Sgt. Allen Murray said.

No arrests have been made, and police did not comment on
possible suspects. Murray said it’s possible the shooting was
gang-related.

Murray had previously said the fight happened at Remington’s
Hunt Club. He said the fight started inside the club, then spilled
out into the parking lot, where the players were shot.

Club officials told The Hattiesburg American in October that
they typically have 20 security staffers on duty on weekends, when
crowds can swell to as many as 1,000.

The club’s website – www.huntorbehunted.com – shows numerous
photos of scantily clad women at the club, many of which appear to
be from bikini and dance contests. The interior is sprawling, with
dining tables, pool tables and a stage.

Smith, a 22-year-old, fifth-year senior, was the team’s starting
middle linebacker before a season-ending knee injury last month.
Jones, a 23-year-old junior, has started all 10 games on the
defensive line, making 26 tackles, including 3 1/2 for a loss.
Green, a 21-year-old junior, has played in seven games as a backup,
making four tackles.

The incident happened just hours after Southern Miss beat No. 25
Central Florida 31-21 in Orlando. Jones and Green played in the
game.

”During this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with
these three members of our Southern Miss family, Martez, Tim and
Deddrick, as well as their families,” USM coach Larry Fedora said
in a statement released by the school. ”These three men are an
integral part of the success of our football program, and we will
continue to keep them in our hearts and hope for a speedy
recovery.”

Associated Press writer Holbrook Mohr contributed to this report
from Jackson.