Tahj Jones, a former lineman for the LSU Tigers was shot Friday night in Sulpher, La. by another former LSU football player according to a news report on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Jones is listed as being in critical condition after undergoing surgery early Saturday morning.
An arrest has been made in the case. Former LSU Tiger Brandon Winey, 36, was arrested for second degree attempted murder. Winey was a sixth round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.
The shooting occurred shortly before midnight Friday night at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Beglis Parkway, according to WAFB. Jones, 24, was shot in the abdomen and is now in the intensive care surgical unit at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, La.
According to the police report, Jones was visiting a female friend at her apartment Friday night when Winey showed up later. The two former football players got into a heated argument and Winey produced a gun and fired at Jones. Winey fled the scene, but was arrested Saturday morning at his home in Lake Charles, La. The female took Jones to West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital where he was later transferred to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, La.
Jones recently participated and ran drills at Pro Day at LSU last Wednesday in anticipation of the 2014 NFL Draft. He decided at the end of his junior year to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. The shooting incident will end Jones' dream of joining an NFL team this year due to the seriousness of his condition so close to draft day.
Jones, #58, started for the Tigers in two games last year and played in a total of eight games. He was used as a reserve that could come into the game and be effective. Jones made 10 tackles last season for the Tigers.
Winey played for LSU during the end of the 90's into 2000 on the offensive line. He has played for the Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, and the New York Giants during his NFL career. He has only gotten 3 starts since being in the NFL.
The LSU football team has taken to Twitter to ask friends and fans for prayers for Jones’ recover. Lamar Louis, linebacker for the Tigers, posted the following message to Twitter, “Can everybody stop what you are doing and say a prayer for my former teammate Tahj Jones #58. He’s fighting for his life right now in ICu”