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Originally published: 2012-11-21 10:07:36
Last modified: 2012-11-21 10:13:17

Football player released from hospital

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

An Appalachian State University football player who was shot in Charlotte early Sunday morning has been released from the hospital.

Appalachian State freshman defensive lineman Tashion Singleton was released from Carolinas Medical Center, although the hospital did not disclose which day. 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.

Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore and his wife, Margaret, visited Singleton on Sunday. He said he was relieved that Singleton's injuries were not worse than they could have potentially been.

"It's serious, no question," Moore said Tuesday. "They told me Sunday he would be out either Tuesday or Wednesday, so I'm not surprised he's out. I'm sure that laying there, there was some discomfort, but they would not discharge him if there was something critical."

Moore said he spoke with the team Monday before the Mountaineers turned their attention to Illinois State, ASU's first opponent in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. He said the players took the news well.

"We addressed it so there would be no more questions," Moore said. "The first thing we did was meet and tell them that he's OK. Then we went ahead and went about our business. We left it at that and then started to talk about Illinois State. The players were good with it."

This is not the first time Moore had dealt with a player being hurt outside the field. He had to identify the body of one of his players while he was head coach at North Texas State in 1979.

"I was called around 4 o'clock in the morning and I had to go to the morgue to identify the body of one of our players," he said.

Moore said Sunday that 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, which was against East Carolina, was requesting a medical redshirt after suffering a head injury. He is part of the highly touted recruiting class that Appalachian State had 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, nor the Observer, identified a motive for the shooting.