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Originally published: 2012-11-18 19:34:37
Last modified: 2012-11-19 10:56:09

ASU football player shot in Charlotte

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

An Appalachian State football player was shot at a Charlotte apartment complex early Sunday morning, but is recovering in a Charlotte hospital and is in "good spirits," according to his coach.

Appalachian State freshman defensive lineman Tashion Singleton was shot in the ribs while leaving the apartment building of a friend at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer.

According to Appalachian State head football coach Jerry Moore, Singleton's injuries are not life-threatening and he's resting in a Charlotte hospital.

"I visited with Tashion this afternoon and he is resting comfortably and in good spirits," Moore said in a press release. "We are thankful that his injury is not more serious. The thoughts of our players and coaches are with Tashion and his family as he begins what we pray will be a speedy and complete recovery."

Moore, who went with his wife Margaret to visit Singleton following the release of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs announcements Sunday, said Singleton was going to a party with some of his former prep teammates from West Mecklenburg High School.

Moore said Singleton and his friends went to an apartment building to pick up a girl. As they went back to their car, according to Moore, they were approached by somebody who ended up shooting at them.

According to the Observer, there were two other victims. One of them was identified as Prince Mayela, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound safety who plays for the UNC Charlotte football team. He also played football at West Mecklenburg.

Mayela played in Charlotte's scrimmage Saturday. He was shot in the hip, according to the Observer, but his injures are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police did not identify the other victim to the Observer. The Observer also did not say which hospital Singleton was in.

Moore said two teachers who visited Singleton told Moore and his wife that the people Singleton was with were good kids who would not look for trouble.

"Margaret was with me and we talked to two of his teachers, and they said the room was filled with teachers all day," Jerry Moore said. "They were good kids who they said they never had any problems with."

Singleton, who played in one game, was redshirting this season. He is part of the highly touted recruiting class that Appalachian State had this fall. He is redshirting this fall.

Singleton, who is 6-3 and 245 pounds, was a two-time all-conference selection at West Mecklenburg. He led West Mecklenburg with 136 tackles last season, and was the team's Most Valuable Player his junior and senior seasons.

He was also an honor roll student in high school.

The Observer said police have made no arrests. No other Appalachian State players were involved in the incident. Moore, or the Observer, identified a motive for the shooting.