Three USM football players shot at a Hattiesburg night club

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Three members of The University of Southern Mississippi football team were shot outside of Remington's Hunt Club in Hattiesburg early Sunday morning. School officials say LB Tim Green, LB Martez Smith and DL Deddrick Jones are in "fair and stable condition" at a local hospital.

Sgt. Allen Murray with the Hattiesburg Police Department said an altercation took place inside the Hunt Club off Highway 49 around 1:20 a.m. which then moved outside of the night club where one person opened fire injuring the players. No arrests have been made.

While many details have not been given at this point, Murray says the investigation is ongoing and officials are looking for witnesses. The Hunt Club was crowded when police arrived at the scene, and they are hoping people will come forward with more information about the incident.

None of the Southern Miss players were armed, and HPD is not ruling out gang activity in association with the shootings. The cause of the altercation is not known at this time.

Murray was joined by Southern Miss Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Paul in a press conference Sunday afternoon on campus. No members of the athletic department were made available as head football coach Larry Fedora, athletic director Richard Giannini and school president Dr. Martha Saunders were at the hospital to be with the student-athlete's families.

Coach Fedora, staff and team members have been spotted at the hospital since early Sunday morning. Fedora will be the only person in the weekly Monday football press conference, which usually includes both coordinators and two players.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and US Marshals are assisting the Hattiesburg Police Department.

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