Utah Player Treated for Gun Wound
Aug. 26, 2000
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Utah football player Ben Allison was recovering Saturday after being shot in the chest at a family wedding.
Allison was being treated for a wound on the right side of his chest at LDS Hospital, where he had been upgraded from serious to fair condition, hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said.
``This is not a life threatening injury and he is expected to recover,'' Gomez said.
The early Saturday morning shooting occurred during a family wedding in West Jordan, Utah, the university said in a press release.
Police said the shooting may be gang-related, and it appears that Allison and another man shot in the leg were innocent bystanders.
Lt. Julie Stringer said several shots were fired at about 12:30 a.m. in a crowded parking lot outside of the National Guard Armory, where the wedding had taken place.
Police have identified a number of suspects, but have made no arrests. Witnesses at the scene told authorities that members from rival local gangs were in the parking lot, Stringer said.
Utah coach Ron McBride, who went to the hospital, said Allison was ``alert and talking.''
``We're just thankful it looks like Ben will be all right,'' McBride said. ``Ben has been a good representative of the University of Utah, as a player and a person. He is a huge asset to our football program and we look forward to his recovery and return.''
The 6-foot-1, 232-pounder from Ogden was preparing to begin his sophomore season as a tight end with the Utes.