Nellum recovering from gunshot wounds

Updated: January 8, 2009, 10:28 AM ET
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USC sprinter Bryshon Nellum is recovering after being shot in the leg three times at a Halloween party, according to media reports in California.

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Kirby Lee/WireImageBryshon Nellum, considered a potential Olympian, was the 2007 Gatorade boys' track and field athlete of the year.

Nellum was shot in the left thigh and right hamstring early Friday morning and underwent surgery at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Police said Nellum, 19, was shot near the end of a party early Friday morning at a restaurant near the USC campus. Doctors said surgery was successful and were hopeful that Nellum will be able to resume his track career, according to Ron Allice, his coach at USC.

"Everyone was shocked when they heard the news," Allice said, according to the Daily News. "But the doctors were hopeful, and he's always been a competitor."

Nellum, the 2007 Gatorade national boys' track and field athlete of the year, was considered a potential Olympian when he graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 2007. He was the nation's top-ranked sprinter in the 200 and 400 meters in 2007 and the first athlete to win California state titles two straight years in both races.

No arrests have been made in the case, according to Sgt. Robin Brown of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division office, the Daily News reported.