Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) - 3 USM football players remain in fair condition Monday, as a team of law enforcement agencies look for their assailant.
The weekend started off on a good note for the Southern Miss football team with a big win over Central Florida but an after the game celebration almost turned deadly, as three team members were shot in an altercation outside of a Hattiesburg nightclub.
More than 24 hours after a shooting at the Remington Hunt Club in Hattiesburg, Head Coach Larry Fedora took to the podium Monday morning speaking on what he calls a tragedy.
"You have to make decisions on your own and you've got to understand that there are consequences to every decision you make."
The consequences for Martez Smith, Deddrick Jones and Tim Green are ones that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Coach Fedora said, there is a list of places players are not allowed to hang out at, the Hunt Club wasn't on the list.
" Everywhere is off limits to us right now, until we get this situation under hand. We talked about it as a team and I think they are all very aware of it and they understand what's important is getting these guys healthy and us laying low."
Sources say, numerous shots were fired Sunday morning, three hit Smith, possibly leaving him partially paralyzed from the waist down, Jones was shot once in the shoulder and Green was shot twice in the neck.
"There is nothing that I am going to be able to do about the incident right now, I mean my main concern is that those guys get out of the hospital."
All three are now listed in fair condition. Investigators aren't releasing much information but they are hoping surveillance cameras outside of the club will lead them to the shooter. In the mean time, Coach Fedora said, the University does and will continue to do all they can to protect players and students.
"In less they moved in with me, and everybody lived with me, and rode to work with me, and went home with me I don't think that we are going to be able to stand over them for 24 hours a day. It's not going to happen, but it still boils down to the choices you make and you have to try not to put yourself in a bad situation and unfortunately that was a bad situation."
Fedora said, players do have a curfew with the exception of game nights.