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Wolf Pack receiver wounded in shooting
by Martin Griffith - Associated Press
Jun 18, 2011 | 1133 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Nevada receiver Brandon Wimberly, shown above catching a pass against San Jose State, was wounded in a shooting early Saturday morning in downtown Reno.
Tribune file photo - Nevada receiver Brandon Wimberly, shown above catching a pass against San Jose State, was wounded in a shooting early Saturday morning in downtown Reno.
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RENO — Nevada starting wide receiver Brandon Wimberly was shot and seriously wounded during a fight between a group of his football teammates and another group early Saturday in downtown Reno.

Wimberly, 22, of Los Angeles, was shot once in the torso when he approached the other men as they fled in a car, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was in serious condition.

Nevada coach Chris Ault said he visited Wimberly after he underwent surgery and met with the other players involved.

“Although his condition is serious, he is very fortunate” the injuries are not life-threatening, the coach said in a statement. “They (the other players) have no idea who shot Brandon and have every intention of being cooperative with the Reno Police Department.”

Wimberly, who will be a junior this fall, was second on the Wolf Pack in receptions last season, with 41 catches for 482 yards, and Nevada finished with a 13-1 record and a No. 11 ranking. Wimberly also was the Western Athletic Conference’s Freshman of the Year.

Officers were at the Freight House entertainment district on another call when they saw some men involved in a fight nearby and then heard gunfire at about 2:30 a.m.

Police Lt. Keith Brown told the Reno Gazette-Journal that investigators were not calling the shooter a suspect at this point.

“We’d really like to interview the person and hear their side of the story,” Brown said. “We’re not getting a lot of cooperation from the parties involved,” including the football players, he added.

Nevada athletic director Cary Groth said the players were later instructed to fully cooperate with police.

“It is an unfortunate situation and we wish Brandon a speedy recovery from his injuries,” she said in a statement.

Nevada athletics department spokeswoman Rhonda Lundin said she was unsure how many players were involved and what motivated the fight.
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