Current, former UF football players questioned about shooting
Published: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 11:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 3:10 p.m.
Police confirmed Monday they had spoken with former Gator football player and current Jacksonville Jaguar Reggie Nelson about a weekend shooting in downtown Gainesville that left two men injured.
Officers also talked with some members of the University of Florida football team regarding the shooting near the 1200 block of W. University Avenue Sunday morning, according to police.
None of the athletes questioned have been tied to the shooting, police said, adding that the men were among a number of people questioned.
“Very clearly we do not have any suspects,” Gainesville Police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg said Monday regarding progress on the case.
Kameg also said police contacted Nelson, 24, due to details provided by a witness.
“We were given information from a witness that he was possibly in contact with one of the victims in the course of the night,” Kameg said. Nelson was asked to talk with officers, voluntarily spoke with police and provided a statement.
Nelson could not immediately be reached regarding the incident.
Police have also questioned members of the UF football team based on similar witness information. Officers did not provide the names of the players questioned.
Corey T. Smith, 28, and Justin E. Glass, 19, were in a car stopped in westbound traffic at W. University Avenue and NW 13th Street when Smith, the passenger, was shot in the head. Glass was shot in the arm by a man police said walked up to the car and fired several shots from a handgun.
The men were able to drive themselves to a hospital.
Police reported Smith was in serious but guarded condition Sunday.
Officers had not released a motive for the shooting Monday, although there were initial reports that the incident may have been tied to a disagreement at a local club earlier in the evening.
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