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REPORT: UofL linebacker James Hearns recovering from being shot

UofL linebacker James Hearns (Source: gocards.com) UofL linebacker James Hearns (Source: gocards.com)
The shooting happened at this unit at The Retreat, according to neighbors at the complex. (Source: John Boel/WAVE 3 News) The shooting happened at this unit at The Retreat, according to neighbors at the complex. (Source: John Boel/WAVE 3 News)
Jayvon Smith (left) and Nasir Jackson (right) described the chaos when UofL students were shot at The Retreat. (Source: John Boel/WAVE 3 News) Jayvon Smith (left) and Nasir Jackson (right) described the chaos when UofL students were shot at The Retreat. (Source: John Boel/WAVE 3 News)
At least two UofL students were shot at The Retreat early Sunday morning. (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3 News) At least two UofL students were shot at The Retreat early Sunday morning. (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  A news outlet in Tallahassee is reporting that UofL linebacker James Hearns is recovering after being shot at an off-campus housing complex early Sunday morning.

A man who lives close to the apartment where three UofL students were shot said at least one Cards football player and a cheerleader were among the victims.

WAVE 3 News reached out to the university and its athletic department to confirm those details. UofL Director of Media Relations John Karman told us two of the shooting victims are students at the university but would not comment on whether they are athletes.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of Manor Park Drive just before 2 a.m. That location is The Retreat at Louisville Cottage Apartments.

They found a man and a woman who had been shot. They were taken to University of Louisville Hospital.

A short time later, a man showed up at Jewish Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police determined he was also shot at The Retreat scene.

All three victims are expected to survive.

LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said the men who were shot are 23 an 20 years old, and the woman is 20.

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A neighbor living at The Retreat said the shooting happened during a gathering at one of the units. Jayvon Smith said students were celebrating Lamar Jackson's Heisman Trophy win when people started knocking on his door, they were running around and saying someone was shooting.

"Pretty much, there were a lot of people screaming, running and banging on the door, saying 'Let me in. Let me in.' It was hectic outside," Smith said. 

Smith's friend, Nasir Jackson, was also there when the shooting happened.

"They said one of the football players and a cheerleader got shot," Jackson said. "Said the football player got shot in the chest and the cheerleader got shot in the back."

Jackson gave WAVE 3 News the name of a player who was shot, but we are not reporting that until the university or another source confirms his identity.

The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that UofL linebacker James Hearns, 23, was shot in the incident. Hearns is not the player who Nasir Jackson named during his interview with WAVE 3 News.

Hearns' high school football coach, Yusif Shakir, told the Tallahassee Democrat he had talked to Hearns via Facetime on Sunday as Hearns was recovering from being shot in the elbow. 

Hearns told Shakir one of his teammates and a cheerleader were also shot while at a party hosted by a UofL track athlete. He said shots were fired into the crowd by others at the party.

Hearns (99) is a redshirt junior who was redshirted as a freshman in 2013 when an injury ended his season after just two games. In 2014, he played against Murray State and Clemson. Hearns played high school football at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fl. This year, he leads the Cards in quarterback sacks.

Jayvon Smith said he has been concerned about how dangerous Louisville is right now, but said he felt a little safer at the The Retreat.

"It's sad stuff like this has to happen here because we pay so much," Smith said. "It's pretty much like a gated community."

"We should be celebrating the Heisman," Jackson said. "I didn't expect it to end on a tragic note like that for somebody to get shot, especially one of his teammates. It's super crazy."

The University Alert System sent students a notice about the shooting at 4:07 a.m. A later message giving the all-clear was sent at 7:48 a.m.

Dwight Mitchell said police believe there was only one shooter but no suspects have been named. They are still looking for more information from witnesses. Anyone with information can call 574-LMPD with tips.

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