Two FIU players injured in drive-by shooting

The Sports Xchange

September 07, 2018 at 3:13 pm.

Two Florida International University football players were victims of a drive-by shooting on Thursday, according to Opa-Locka (Fla.) Police Chief James Dobson.

Dobson wrote on Twitter that starting junior running back Anthony Jones and freshman offensive lineman Mershawn Miller were shot in Opa-Locka while visiting friends, and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are still looking for the shooter.

“Somebody drove by and starting shooting from a vehicle,” said Dobson, who added that police were looking for a newer model, four-door gray Nissan Sentra with no tag.

The Miami Herald reported that Jones was shot in the face and back, and Miller was shot in the arm, and both were both transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Jones was airlifted to the hospital and remained hospitalized on Friday, while Miller was taken by ambulance and later released.

“When you hear the news that we received today your heart drops,” Florida International head coach Butch Davis said. “We’ve been receiving encouraging reports on their conditions, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Anthony Jones and Mershawn Miller during this time.”

Florida International officials sent a letter to the university community expressing similar sentiments.

Raised along with Minnesota Vikings star Dalvin Cook, who is his uncle, Jones sat out last season because of an injury. He started last week, and had 88 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 38-28 loss to Indiana.

FIU plays at Old Dominion on Saturday.