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Former College Football Star Paralyzed After Shooting

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Last weekend, former Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter was shot. According to the school's head coach, he is suffering from some paralysis after the attack.

Carter was said to be in critical condition earlier in the week, after the attack.

Another man, 30-year old Brian Thomas, was killed in the shooting. It is being ruled as a homicide.

More on the attack, from The Times of Northwest Indiana:

A shooting Saturday night at an East Chicago gas station killed a Hammond man and wounded former E.C. Central football star Martayveus "Marty" Carter, 23, a running back who smashed records in Division II college football and recently worked out for a National Football League team.

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East Chicago Detective Sgt. Terence Fife said police were investigating the shooting, which took place late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at the Fuel Star Gas Station near Kennedy Avenue and 149th Street. Photos appear to show the back window of a vehicle was shot out and multiple shell casings on the ground.

Now, Grand Valley State coach Matt Mitchell says Martayveus Carter has suffered paralysis.

It is unclear how much his movement is limited right now. From MLive:

Former Grand Valley State standout running back Martayveus "Marty" Carter, who was involved in a weekend shooting, has bullet fragments in his spine and some degree of paralysis, Lakers coach Matt Mitchell said Thursday.

"He's still in the hospital, he's conscious and they're weighing surgery and the next options," Mitchell told MLive of the school's all-time rushing leader who was injured during a shootout Saturday near a gas station in East Chicago.

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Mitchell was uncertain the extent of paralysis, other than "he is conscious and is aware of it."

Carter was a standout running back for the Lakers. In three years, he rushed for 3,728 yards and 36 touchdowns. He left the school and entered the NFL supplemental draft, where he was not selected, but was attempting to make a team as an undrafted free agent.

Our thoughts go out to Carter and his family through these trying times.

[MLive]