Breaking: Two FIU football players shot in drive-by-shooting

Photo by Anthony Monzon / PantherNOW

Thursday, September 6, 2018

By Brett Shweky/Sports Director


Update 9/7/2018:

Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Mershawn Miller was released from the hospital last night, per NBC 6.

Running back Anthony Jones remains hospitalized.

“When you hear the news that we received today your heart drops. 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,” head coach Butch Davis said in a released statement.


Original story:

Two FIU football players were injured Thursday afternoon in a drive-by-shooting, said police.

The shooting occurred on the 2400 block of Northwest 140th Street according to Opa-locka Police Department’s Facebook page. The injuries have been declared to be non-life threatening.

Anthony Jones

Opa-locka police chief James Dobson released that one of the victims, redshirt senior running back Anthony Jones, was hit in the face and back.

The other victim, redshirt freshman Mershawn Miller, was reported to have been shot in the arm.  

Mershawn Miller

Both, Jones and Miller are alumni from Miami Central Senior High School.

Jones is one of the star running backs for the Panthers and just played his first game since returning from injury. His first game back, he rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Miller is an offensive lineman for the team and was a three-star recruiting heading into the program. 

The redshirt freshman was released from the hospital last night, per NBC 6.

Opa-locka police say to be on the lookout for a dark gray 2015 Nissan Sentra.

Fellow running back D’vonte Price reacted to the news through Twitter, tweeting “This crazy man……”

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