Alabama's Deaderick shot in arm

Updated: September 1, 2009, 8:02 AM ET
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick was taken to a hospital after being shot in the arm during an apparent robbery attempt in Tuscaloosa, the city's police chief said.

The shooting happened Monday night at an apartment complex. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson told the Tuscaloosa News the player suffered a gunshot wound to the forearm. Anderson said the injury is not life-threatening.

The player was in the parking lot at the complex at about 10 p.m. when he was approached by a man wearing dark clothes, a dark ball cap and a blue bandanna over his face, the chief said.

Deaderick did not know the man, who pointed a gun and said "Give it up," Anderson said. When Deaderick refused, the assailant fired the gun, striking the player in the arm, the chief said. Police were searching for the shooter.

DCH Hospital spokesman Brad Fisher told the Mobile Press-Register that Deaderick was in good condition and was admitted for the night to a hospital room.

Deaderick, a 6-foot-4, 306-pound defensive end from Elizabethtown, Ky., started all 14 games last season as a junior. He made 36 tackles last season and was second on the team with four quarterback sacks.


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