Three USM football players shot at a Hattiesburg nightclub

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - HATTIESBURG, MS (AP) — Officials from the University of Southern Mississippi said they're doing all they can to help the three USM football players shot outside a Hattiesburg nightclub early Sunday morning.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Vice-President of Student Affairs, Dr. Joe Paul said that includes being there to support the families of the three young men.

"On Behalf of this university, our thoughts and prayers are with these young men and their families and certainly their teammates. At this time, our President Martha Saunders, is visiting with the young men and their families at the hospital, as is Athletic Director Richard Gianini, Coach Larry Fedora and members of his staff. They have been with these young men and their families since the wee hours of the morning.  Coach Fedora's priorities are these young men, their families and his team. The university is providing grief counseling for friends of these young men and any support possible for their families while they are here," said Dr. Paul.

The three players shot were; 22-year-old Martez Smith, 22-year-old Tim Green and 23-year-old Deddrick Jones.  They are listed in stable and fair condition at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg police said the shooting happened at 1:30 Sunday morning after a fight in the Remington's Hunt nightclub. The fight was moved outside where the three players were shot.

Police said they don't know the cause of the argument.  They are still investigating the incident and have yet to name a suspect in the shooting. The U.S. Marshalls, MBI, FBI, and USM Campus police are all aiding in the investigation.

Dr. Paul said Governor Barbour has called University President Dr. Martha Saunders to offer any help with the investigation.

Head Football Coach Larry Fedora will offer comments Monday during a press conference.

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