Players from two different Power Five football programs were involved in the same incident earlier this weekend that could’ve resulted in tragedy but ultimately ended with what one would hope would be a significant wakeup call, WINK-TV is reporting.
According to the Fort Meyers, Fla., television station, Florida cornerback J.C. Jackson (pictured) and West Virginia wide receiver Jacky Marcellus were both grazed by bullets in a shooting that happened outside of an Immokalee, Fla., apartment building. A third individual, the brother of Marcellus, was shot in the face and is currently listed in serious condition at a local hospital.
From the TV station’s report:
Deputies say there were at least three people sitting inside a car outside of the Crestview Apartments when bullets broke through the windows.
Collier authorities say one or two men walked up to the car and fired.
After the shots were fired, the car rolled into a fire hydrant.
Both football players were able to walk away from the shooting with what were described as minor injuries.
A week ago, Florida starting quarterback Treon Harris was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license. During the traffic stop that led to that charge, two small bags of marijuana were found in the vehicle. Because neither Harris nor any of the passengers were the owners of the vehicle, no one was charged with possession.
One of the passengers in that incident, for what it’s worth, was Jackson. According to OnlyGators.com, “Jackson has not played for the Gators since the second week of the  season as he re-aggravated a shoulder injury and had labrum surgery, sidelining him for the remainder of the campaign. He is expected to receive a medical redshirt.”
Marcellus is a redshirt freshman who has not caught a pass in 2014. He’s still listed on WVU’s online roster.
Jackson is listed on UF’s online roster as well.
(Photo credit: Florida athletics)