MOULTON, Ala. | A weekend shooting critically injured a standout high school football player in Lawrence County who had just made a recruiting visit to the University of Tennessee.
Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said 17-year-old Demetrae Griffin, a junior at Speake High School, was shot in the chest and stomach around midnight Saturday when fighting broke out between two groups of young people at a party.
Griffin, who some witnesses said was trying to break up a fight, was listed in critical condition Monday at Huntsville Hospital.
"We're still taking statements, trying to piece together what happened," the sheriff told The Decatur Daily. "There was a party going on, and at some point, outside people came and things just got out of control."
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Authorities said about 100 people were attending the party at the Caddo Senior Citizen Center. No charges were filed immediately.
A message left with a sheriff's investigator was not immediately returned Monday.
Speake High School football coach Royal Carpenter said Griffin, a defensive lineman, had made a junior recruiting visit to Tennessee on Saturday and is being recruited by other Southeastern Conference schools.
"He's a good kid who has come millions of miles," Carpenter said.