Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham has confirmed that two people shot last night in Salt Lake City were Utah football players. Sophomore tight end Lo Falemaka and freshman running back Marcel Brooks-Brown are both expected to recover from gunshot wounds to the torso. According to a statement from the Salt Lake Police Department, which follows, the suspects are still at large.
"Obviously, our first concern is that both Lo and Marcel are going to be OK, which appears to be the case. We don't have all of the details yet, but it is our understanding that they are the victims in this incident and we feel very fortunate that they are expected to fully recover. It is unknown at this time how soon they will be able to return to the football field, but we are optimistic it will be in the near future," said Whittingham.
The story was first reported last night by Alex Markham of Rivals.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hearing there was a campus shooting & that 2 Utes athletes could be victims. Apparently this is the campus rumor, right now. Hopefully wrong</p>— Alex Markham (@AMarkhamRivals) <a href="https://twitter.com/AMarkhamRivals/status/642966658210902016">September 13, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Falemaka, from West Valley City, Utah (Cottonwood HS), walked on to the team in 2013, redshirting that season. He has since been placed on scholarship. He played on the scout teams last season and has appeared in both games this season on special teams. He has recently moved from the offensive line to tight end.
Brooks-Brown, a running back from Rio Linda, Calif. (Rio Linda HS), is in his first season on the team and was expecting to redshirt.
Sgt. Robin Heiden of the Salt Lake Police Department issued a statement on the shooting that occurred last night.
The shooting happened just before midnight (11:53 p.m.) on Saturday night (9/12/15) at 310 S. 1300 E. This was a private party with several people in attendance.
The male suspects showed up and were asked to leave by the host of the party. They didn't want to leave and were asked again by the two victims to leave. An altercation occurred between two victims and suspects, that is when one of the suspects pulled out a gun shot the two victims.The suspects fled the scene on foot.
The two victims were both shot in the torso area, both are stable and expected to recover. One of them is 18 years old and the other is 20.
#1 - Male black in his twenties, 6' wearing a baseball cap with red bandanna underneath and a red t-shirt.
#2 - Male black in his twenties 5'9" with short dreadlocks wearing a baseball cap and red t-shirt.
#3 - Male white in his twenties, heavy set with facial hair.
Detectives are currently collecting evidence and looking for the suspects. Thankfully both players are okay. We will keep you updated as new details emerge.