Suspended Gator Wilson hit with gun, battery charges

Updated: June 18, 2007, 12:30 PM ET
Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Prosecutors have filed two charges against suspended Florida player Ronnie Wilson in an early April shooting incident.

Wilson, 19, allegedly fired a semiautomatic weapon into the air after being chased following a nightclub incident. He was charged with battery and discharging a firearm in public. Arraignment was set for July 3.

The alleged victim claimed Wilson spat on him and slapped him in the face at a nightclub. Wilson told police he did spit on the victim but denied hitting him. Wilson allegedly left the club, pulled a rifle from his trunk and fired a shot in the air.

Florida coach Urban Meyer called the incident a "major concern" following the arrest in April, and suspended Wilson indefinitely from team activities. Meyer declined comment on the charges through sports information director Steve McClain.

"Nothing has changed in his status," McClain said.

Wilson was a member of the Gators national title team as a redshirt freshman offensive lineman.


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