A Jacksonville State University football player was involved in a shooting outside an Anniston bar Sunday morning, but any injury he may have sustained, and his condition, was not clear Monday.
Troymaine Pope, 20, was present at the incident, said Greg Seitz, senior associate athletics director at JSU, speaking by phone Monday.
Seitz declined to comment on whether Pope had been shot or on his condition, citing federal laws that govern patient privacy.
“We’re aware that Troymaine was involved in this, and we’re doing an internal investigation on that end,” Seitz said, “to make sure we have all the facts.”
Attempts Monday to reach Anniston police for comment were unsuccessful.
Posts to Pope’s Facebook page by friends since Sunday make note of the shooting, of surgery and wish him a speedy recovery. Pope replied to one such post Monday morning, but it was not clear where he may have been receiving treatment.
Pope was not a patient at RMC in Anniston or Jacksonville, UAB Hospital in Birmingham or at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital on Monday afternoon, according to staff who answered calls at those hospitals.
According to a police report, a 20-year-old black man was assaulted at a bar on the 1500 block of Hillyer Robinson Industrial Parkway in Anniston at around 5:20 a.m. Sunday. Two separate reports note the same address and time in connection with two counts of discharging a firearm into a building or vehicle.
One such report states that a 2007 Chevy Tahoe sustained $1,700 in damage to its back windshield, rear passenger seat, door handles and rear driver’s side window in the incident. That vehicle belongs to a 22-year-old woman, according to the report. The other report notes $350 in damage to the windshield of another vehicle owned by a 29-year-old woman.
Peggy Weekley, a manager at AJ’s Sunset Bar and Grill, said there was a shooting on Hillyer Robinson just outside the bar Sunday morning, but that she was unaware if any of the people involved in the shooting had been inside the bar before it occurred. The bar was open until 6 a.m. Sunday, Weekley said.
Pope, a running back for the Gamecocks, began playing for JSU as a true freshmen in 2012. A graduate of Anniston High School, Pope was named Class 4A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and as a senior finished third third in the voting for Mr. Football that year.
Last season, Pope rushed for 633 yards for JSU and tied for second on the team with eight touchdowns.