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Shooting Leaves Former Fork Union Student in Critical Condition

By: Carlos Vergara Email
By: Carlos Vergara Email
Photo courtesy of Scout.com

Photo courtesy of Scout.com

June 21, 2010


Authorities say they don't believe there's a connection between a pair of shootings in a two-months span in which an Ohio State football recruit was wounded.

Eighteen-year-old Jamel Turner was left in critical condition by a shooting early Saturday in Youngstown. A 17-year-old girl was killed in the shooting. St. Elizabeth Health Center did not immediately return a call Monday seeking a condition update for Turner.

Police Capt. Rod Foley said Monday the case is apparently unrelated to a drive-by shooting on April 16, when Turner was wounded.

Foley declined to discuss a possible motive for the latest shooting. He said Turner, who was shot multiple times, and Tracy Banks, who was killed, apparently were intended victims of a shooter who fired from outside a house.

Police are trying to determine Turner's relationship with Banks.

Foley says police have identified a possible suspect. No charges have been filed.


Former Fork Union Military Academy student and Ohio State football recruit Jamel Turner is in critical condition after being shot multiple times early Saturday morning in Youngstown, Ohio.

Reports late Saturday state that Turner remains "hour to hour."

A 17-year-old girl who was with Turner at the time of the shooting died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Turner, a defensive end who played high school ball at Ursuline High School in his native Youngstown, signed with the Buckeyes in February.

Coach Jim Tressel issued a statement Saturday night saying, "I'm so sad to hear of Jamel's misfortune. I have not communicated with Jamel, but am certainly praying for him at this time."

Turner was ruled academically ineligible before graduating from Ursuline, and enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy, where he played football last fall. But he left the academy earlier this year.

Turner also suffered minor injuries from gunshot wounds from a separate shooting April 17 on a highway in Youngstown. It's unclear what led to this latest shooting, and whether the April incident is related.

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