Update: Kenny Miles has been upgraded to stable condition.
SportsTalk was the first to report that former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles was shot in the arm near Broad River Road. Subsequent reports by a variety of outlets have clarified as much as they have confused, but all seem to be in agreement that Miles suffered the injury while he was being robbed.
According to a source, former USC running back Kenny Miles was shot today in Columbia. Injury is not believed to be life threatening.— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) November 4, 2013
The shooting took place on or near Broad River Road. Miles was shot in the forearm. After he was shot, Miles entered a business and the people working there attempted to help to stop the bleeding. Miles initially asked that no one call the police, but the person or persons helping him insisted they call 9-11 because of the gunshot. Police arrived at the scene and collected evidence from Miles' car.
A report from WIS fills in a few of the missing details but differs from SportsTalk's report as it relates to the severity of Kenny's injury.
Investigators say Miles was taken by EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body. His injuries are considered to be life-threatening, according to the sheriff's department.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. in a business park near the intersection of Kinley Road and Centrum Drive, deputies said. A maroon Ford Taurus is taped off with crime scene tape at 121 Centrum Drive.
The State newspaper issued a similar report but described Miles' injuries as non-life-threatening.
I obviously hope The State reports is right but the sheriff's dept. has said Miles' injuries are. I don't know what to think right now.— Michael Haney (@Haney1075) November 4, 2013
Kenny Miles' affable demeanor and willingness to stick with the team -- even after he got buried on the depth chart by Marcus Lattimore following his freshman season -- made him a fan favorite in Columbia. Several fans, former teammates, and journalists who covered Kenny took to Twitter to wish him well.
Two things: (1) Don't shoot people. Just generally, don't. (2) If you're going to be an asshole and break Rule 1, don't shoot Kenny Miles.— ChickenHoops (@chickenhoops) November 4, 2013
I didn't know Kenny Miles personally, but he was always one of my favorite people to interview. Very personable and pleasant. Sad news.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) November 4, 2013
Horrible Horrible news about Kenny Miles. One of my all time favorites.— willearly (@willearly) November 4, 2013
Just saw Kenny Miles on sidelines at Williams-Brice at MissSt. game. He went out of his way to take pics w/ fans in the stands. #Prayers— Tim Hill (@TimABCColumbia) November 4, 2013
Saw Kenny Miles multiple times on sidelines at Williams-Brice this season. Took time to sign autographs & take pics with fans. Prayers sent.— Derek Phillips (@DPhillipsWACH) November 4, 2013
Prayers sent up for Kenny Miles!! #PrayForKenny— Patrick DiMarco (@PatDiMarco42) November 4, 2013
Oh my gosh Kenny Miles got shot today and I was literally with him 2 days ago. #PrayForKenny pic.twitter.com/9zGA37eeyQ— Mary K Ward (@MaryKWard24) November 4, 2013
I hope they find and absolutely crush the sons of bitches that shot Kenny. Unbelievable....makes me sick— Stephen Garcia (@itISwhatITisSG5) November 4, 2013
I'm hoping and praying for the best for Kenny Miles. He's one of my favorite USC athletes because of his personality and great attitude.— Rick Henry (@RickHenry10) November 4, 2013
Coming from a Clemson fan and also a caring human being, thats awful what happened to Kenny Miles. Hope everything is ok. #PrayForKenny— Russell Scaggs (@russellkscaggs) November 4, 2013
Sick right now. Praying for my brother @31milesaway #PrayForKenny— Andrew Clifford (@AKClifford12) November 4, 2013
@31milesaway Praying for you big homie fight through this #PrayForKenny— Adrian Morales (@Morales10Adrian) November 4, 2013
Really happy to hear @31milesaway is going to be OK. One of the best people I've ever covered.— Tony Morrell (@TonyMorrellGCI) November 4, 2013
Everybody please take a minute to pray for my brotha @31milesaway !! He is a strong dude and we know he will bounce back from this!— Patrick Fish (@85Fish_InTheSea) November 4, 2013
Praying for my teammate @31milesaway— Tori Gurley (@TGurley81) November 4, 2013
Praying for @31milesaway for a fast recovery. Stay strong bro 🙏— KJ Brent (@KJ_Brent80) November 4, 2013
Thoughts and prayers going out to @31milesaway— Coleman Harley (@cole_harley59) November 4, 2013
Y'all pray for my bro Kenny miles— Mike Davis (@Mike28davis) November 4, 2013
Please pray for @31milesaway and his family #PrayForKenny— Jackie Bradley Jr. (@JackieBradleyJr) November 5, 2013
Praying for a speedy recovery for @31milesaway. Crazy world out there.— Seth Strickland (@SethStrick11) November 5, 2013
Y'all pray for Kenny Miles please. It's time for things to change in the Columbia area— Martha Childress (@marthachildress) November 5, 2013
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