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.