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Marshall football player shot

July 21, 1997

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Marshall fullback Javonne Darling was shot in the calf this weekend but was not injured seriously, coach Bob Pruett said Sunday night.

``As far as I know, he was an innocent bystander passing by a fight and from what I understand _ of course, I’m not sure _ the people fighting got in an argument, one shot at the other, a number of shots were fired, and one of them hit Javonne in the calf as he was running away,″ Pruett said.

Darling, 22, a senior from Staten Island, N.Y., was treated at Cabell Huntington Hospital and released after the shooting Saturday, a nursing supervisor said.

Pruett said the wound did not require stitches and Darling should recover within two or three weeks.

Pruett said he would continue to seek information about the shooting, which occurred in a parking lot near a bar.

``And if disciplinary action needs to be taken, we’ll certainly take it,″ Pruett said.

Police said no one had been charged. They released no other details.

Darling has been a reserve at Marshall. He is not listed on the Herd’s first- or second-team offensive depth chart going into this season.

He rushed for 1,335 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Susan B. Wagner High School in New York.

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