Houston Baptist quarterback Jonathan Fleming was nearly killed after being shot twice during a carjacking outside what he and teammates thought was a university-sponsored party.
Fleming, a 21-year-old backup, was shot in the shoulder and in the heel at 1:30 a.m. Sunday after he and five other Houston Baptist players went to a spot where they thought there was a university-sponsored party. The group quickly realized they were in the wrong place and tried to leave.
Fleming told the Houston Chronicle he got separated from his teammates as they were trying to get back to their cars and a fight broke out in the street. Fleming got into his black 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and was greeted with a gun tapping on his driver-side window and a man telling him to get out of the vehicle.
“I put my hands up and said, ‘OK, OK, OK,’ ” Fleming told the Houston Chronicle. “Knowing a car can be replaced. If you get shot it’s not worth it.”
The armed men knocked Fleming down and began kicking and punching him. They told him to kneel with his hands in the air and then shots were fired. Fleming said he felt two shots hit him — one through his right shoulder that exited through his armpit and the other grazed his heel.
The thieves took Fleming’s wallet and his SUV.
Miraculously, Fleming spent just three hours in the hospital before being released. He said he slept for about an hour and a half after returning home and then went to church.
Fleming is expected to make a full recovery.
“It was definitely scary, eye-opening,” Fleming told the paper.
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