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01/27/03

Mississippi Valley State Basketball Player Left Paralyzed by Stray Bullet

(Itta Bena-AP) -- Mississippi Valley State University starting basketball player Michael Archie was left paralyzed by a stray bullet fired during a nightclub shootout, his family says.

His mother, Carol Archie says doctors are saying he will not have the use of his legs. Michael Archie is being treated at the University Medical Center in Jackson.

The early Sunday shooting at Club Focus on U-S Highway 82 in Leflore County left one man dead. Archie and two others were wounded, including volleyball player Danielle France of Decatur,
Georgia.

Archie, 20, was hit in the side as he tried to leave the club about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Archie was the Itta Bena school's third leading scorer, averaging 11 points per game for the Southwestern Athletic Conference school. He had started 10 of the university's 15 games
this season.

Carol Archie said her son was resting and that had family and friends were nearby to encourage him.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks says Alonzo Hemphill, 27, reportedly forced his way into the club at gunpoint.

Banks says Hemphill was hit by at least four bullets and died after allegedly firing gunshots toward the dance floor.

Sheriff's deputies arrested club security guard Johnny King, 35, on a murder charge. King was ordered held without bond.

France, 19, and Toland Hudson, 25, of Itta Bena, were near the dance floor when the shooting occurred, Banks said.

France, who was hit in the shoulder, was treated at Greenwood Leflore Hospital and released. Hudson remained in the Greenwood hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound in a hip.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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