There is some very unfortunate and certainly sobering news coming from Reno today, as Nevada receiver Brandon Wimberly has been shot in the abdomen and is currently listed in serious condition.
According to a police report via the Reno Gazette Journal, Wimberly was shot once during a skirmish that involved Wimberly, several of his teammates and a group of unidentified people at around 2:30 this morning. The shooting happened near the Reno Aces ballpark.
From the article:
“Police said the initial investigation shows that a group of Wolf Pack football players got into a fight with another group and the other group got into a silver-colored car. Police said Wimberly, the 2009 Western Athletic Conference freshman of the year, approached the car and someone inside shot him.”
“The injuries are very serious.” Reno Police Lt. Keith Brown said. “They’re not life threatening, but they’re probably life changing.”
Brown added that the police are not receiving cooperation from the Wolfpack players involved, or the party in the car.
“We know the Reno Police Department is conducting a complete investigation and have instructed our student-athletes to cooperate fully with the police. It is an unfortunate situation and we wish Brandon a speedy recovery from his injuries,” UNR athletic director Cary Groth said in statement today.
UPDATED 5:15 p.m. ET: Nevada coach Chris Ault has issued a statement on Wimberly:
“I have visited with Brandon and the doctor who performed his surgery. Although his condition is serious, he is very fortunate. I have met with the players who were involved. They have no idea who shot Brandon and have every intention of being cooperative with the Reno Police Department. My biggest concern is the health and welfare of Brandon.”