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Ex-NBA Player Sought in Shooting

June 11, 1999

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Dontae’ Jones, who played briefly in the NBA after leading Mississippi State to the Final Four, was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting that wounded seven people.

The shooting took place April 25 outside a nightclub called the Players Draft House.

A second suspect, Karshma Dardy, was arrested Thursday and charged with reckless endangerment and felony vandalism.

Jones, who turned himself in to Nashville Police about 1 p.m. Friday, faces the same charges, police said.

The gunfire was the result of an argument between a Memphis rap group and an entertainment promoter at the night spot, according to police reports.

Jones, who grew up in Nashville, was the junior college player of the year after averaging 28.7 points and 13.3 rebounds for Northeast Mississippi Community College during the 1994-95 season.

He played one season at Mississippi State, averaging 14.7 points. He was the MVP of the Southeastern Conference tournament after Mississippi State upset Kentucky and led the Bulldogs to the Final Four where they lost to Syracuse in the national semifinals.

Jones left college after his junior year and was a first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks. He had foot surgery shortly after the draft and did not play that season.

Traded to Boston, Jones played in 15 games for the Celtics in the 1998 season, averaging 2.9 points.

He was waived by the Celtics prior to the start of the 1999 season.

Players Draft House security guard Darryl L. Tyce told authorities he witnessed Jones and Dardy firing handguns in his direction.

Tyce was wounded in the stomach and his car was damaged.

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