Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Gibbs High School linebacker injured in drive-by shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — A Gibbs High School football player was injured Saturday night in a drive-by shooting, St. Petersburg police said.

Maurice Hall, 18, was walking near 10th Avenue S and 14th Street around 10:30 p.m. when a green car carrying two or three people pulled up, said police Lt. Greg Schwemley.

They fired at Hall, he said. One bullet hit Hall's right side, near his hip.

The car drove away. Hall was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for surgery.

Police did not recover any shell casings and said no witnesses saw the attack. Hall didn't appear to know his shooters, Schwemley said. By Sunday, police hadn't identified any suspects or a motive behind the shooting.

Gibbs High football coach Antonio Knox said the gunmen may have been targeting someone Hall had been with.

Overnight, the football team and coaches crowded the hospital, where Hall is expected to stay for a week of recovery, Knox said.

The bullet traveled through Hall's side, into his stomach and part of his colon, Knox said. It ended his football season.

Hall, a 6-2, 180-pound junior linebacker, received an offer earlier this year to play for the University of Oklahoma Sooners.

"I'm really praying for him," Knox said. "This was his way out. I don't want to see him get caught up in the streets."

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