UPDATE: Southern Miss player is paralyzed

By DAVID BRANDT / The Associated Press


UPDATE 1:12 P.M.
A person familiar with the situation says Southern Mississippi football player Martez Smith is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot at a nightclub along with two teammates.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the player’s medical status.

Smith, Tim Green and Deddrick Jones were shot in the parking lot of a Hattiesburg nightclub after it closed early Sunday morning. They were celebrating the team’s win over 25th-ranked Central Florida on Saturday.

All three players were listed in fair condition.

Police said Tuesday that they have arrested two people in connection with the shooting and they are seeking a third suspect.

2 arrested in shooting of 3 Southern Miss players

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Police have arrested two people in the shootings of three University of Southern Mississippi football players and are looking for a third.

Hattiesburg Police Sgt. Allen Murray said at a news conference Tuesday that Patricia Loftin Brown and Cleothus Wilkerson, both of Bassfield, were arrested Monday night.

Murray says each has been charged with three counts of accessory after the fact of aggravated assault in the shooting of Martez Smith, Tim Green and Deddrick Jones.

The three players were still hospitalized Tuesday in fair condition at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.

Murray says an arrest warrant has been issued for Travis Brown of Prentiss on three counts of aggravated assault.