Brandon Wimberly was shot in the stomach near downtown Reno early Saturday morning. While his life is not in danger, Wimberly suffered extensive damage to his intestines and colon, and it is very unlikely he will play football again.
Wimberly was in downtown Reno with four other Nevada players late Friday night and into Saturday morning. At some point, a fight broke out between the players and another group of unknown people. When the fight was over, the other group of people began to drive away in their car, when Wimberly reportedly began approaching the vehicle, at which point he was shot in the stomach once.
As you can read in the full story linked above from the Reno Gazette-Journal's Chris Murray who broke the story, Wimberly was set to graduate this December just two years after enrolling. Wimberly is described by teammates and coaches as happy, hardworking, and the most-liked player on the team.
Doctors performed major surgery to repair the damage, and said Wimberly was within centimeters of his life.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Wimberly and his family, as well as the Wolf Pack program, that Brandon will be able to recover and finish his degree.
Murray reports that police are offering a $1,000 reward "for information leading to an arrest and identification of the shooter." Anyone with information can call detectives at 775-334-2115 or the anonymous Secret Witness line at 775-322-4900.