Fayet­teville shoot­ing

For­mer Ra­zor­back among two in­jured; sus­pect sought.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BRENDA BERNET AND ASH­TON ELEY

FAYET­TEVILLE — A for­mer Ra­zor­back foot­ball player was one of two men shot early Sun­day morn­ing in a univer­sity park­ing lot, ac­cord­ing to po­lice and other sources.

Se­bas­tian Tre­tola, a Ten­nessee

Ti­tans line­man, was shot in the leg and suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, the Ten­nessean news­pa­per re­ported, cit­ing me­dia re­ports and the team.

The Fayet­teville Po­lice Depart­ment had not re­leased the men’s names as of Sun­day night, and po­lice were look­ing for the shooter. The in­ci­dent oc­curred at 1:45 a.m. Sun­day in the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville park­ing lot near Lafayette Street and West Av­enue, Sgt. An­thony Mur­phy said.

The two men were taken to Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries,

Mur­phy said.

“The shoot­ing was pre­ceded by an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween two males,” he said. “That al­ter­ca­tion es­ca­lated. One of the males pro­duced a hand­gun and fired shots.”

One of in­jured men was a by­stander, Mur­phy said.

The shoot­ing oc­curred in Lot 53 by the Lit Lounge, which is a short dis­tance from Dick­son Street. A num­ber of shell cas­ings from a small-cal­iber hand­gun were found there, Mur­phy said. The lot also is near an apart­ment com­plex and a univer­sity build­ing.

Nu­mer­ous of­fi­cers were on Dick­son Street around the time of the shoot­ing and re­sponded quickly, he said. It was just prior to 2 a.m. when bars were clos­ing.

“Some­times you just can’t help things that oc­cur at 2 a.m. in an en­ter­tain­ment district like that,” Mur­phy said.

Univer­sity of Arkansas Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers were also on the scene as the lot is owned by the univer­sity.

The sus­pect wanted in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing was de­scribed as a dark skinned male, 5-foot-10 and 180 to 200 pounds. He was last seen wear­ing a black T-shirt with the writ­ing “Car­tel” in green and gold. His iden­tity is not known, ac­cord­ing to a Univer­sity RazALERT emer­gency no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Mur­phy was aware of the univer­sity’s alert, but it was based on in­for­ma­tion the univer­sity po­lice gath­ered, he said. Mur­phy did not have that in­for­ma­tion.

Fayet­teville po­lice will co­or­di­nate the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said Mark Rush­ing, a univer­sity spokesman.

“We will dis­cuss safety in this area in light of this in­ci­dent,” he said.

The Ti­tans is­sued a state­ment Sun­day ac­knowl­edg­ing the shoot­ing.

“We are aware of the re­ports that Se­bas­tian re­ceived treat­ment for a wound when he was grazed by a bul­let. He has been re­leased from the hos­pi­tal and is thank­ful only for a mi­nor in­jury,” the state­ment said.

The Ti­tans se­lected Tre­tola in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft.

Tre­tola, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 314 pounds, was a backup guard last sea­son as a rookie. He played in just one game against the Jack­sonville Jaguars, three snaps to­tal, ac­cord­ing to a story on the Ti­tans’ web­site. He dressed out for one other game and was in­ac­tive for 14 games.

He played two sea­sons at Arkansas in 2014 and 2015 af­ter trans­fer­ring from Iowa West­ern Com­mu­nity Col­lege. He be­gan his col­lege ca­reer at the Univer­sity of Ne­vada in Reno where he red­shirted as a true fresh­man in 2011 and played 10 games in 2012 (in­clud­ing four starts) be­fore be­com­ing aca­dem­i­cally in­el­i­gi­ble, which re­sulted in his trans­fer to a ju­nior col­lege and play­ing at Iowa West­ern as a third-year sopho­more in 2013.

Tre­tola started his fi­nal 24 games at Arkansas at left guard and earned first-team All-SEC hon­ors and sec­ond-team All-Amer­i­can hon­ors as a se­nior in 2015. As a se­nior he also was co-win­ner of the Ja­cobs Award as the SEC’s top blocker with Alabama cen­ter Ryan Kelly.

Tre­tola be­came an In­ter­net sen­sa­tion as a ju­nior in 2014 when he threw a 6-yard touch­down pass on a fake field goal to snap­per Alan D’Ap­pol­lo­nio in Arkansas’ 4517 vic­tory over Alabama-Birm­ing­ham.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER

This cor­ner of Univer­sity of Arkansas lot 53 was the scene of a shoot­ing early morn­ing Sun­day. The lot is near the cor­ner of West Av­enue and Wat­son Street in Fayet­teville.


NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ASH­TON ELEY

Fayet­teville Po­lice re­sponded to a call about a shoot­ing at 1:48 a.m. Sun­day morn­ing at Lot 53 by Lit Lounge off Dick­son Street. Univer­sity of Arkansas Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers were also on the scene as the lot is owned by the univer­sity.

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