A Marshall University football player is paralyzed after a stray bullet struck him at a recent party, according to WBAL TV 11.
WBAL TV 11 on Tuesday reported that Larry Aaron III, 19, was shot in the back during a New Year’s Eve party in Severn, Maryland early Monday.
“I’m so upset,” said Larry Aaron Jr., the athlete’s father. “I know they say you’re not supposed to ask why, but you know, my son had everything going for him.”
“He was standing up against the wall with his girlfriend and two guys got into an argument, and they just started shooting and my son stepped in front of his girlfriend to shield her, and one of the bullets got him,” he added.
“It’s devastating to our family. It’s just ridiculous that something like this has to happen, and what can we do? What can we do? Nothing. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating.”
Larry Aaron III was home for the holidays in Columbia, Maryland when he and his friends decided to attend a party in Severn they heard about on social media.
The lifelong athlete was left paralyzed from the waist down after the event turned tragic early Monday.
Doctors who saw Larry Aaron III following his injury could not operate on the bullet lodged in his spinal cord as they feared it would cause more damage.
Police in Anne Arundel County, Maryland are now investigating who fired the shots early Monday.
Authorities estimate that there were more than 100 people present for the party, however, and with many coming from out of state, tracking down witnesses may prove difficult.
Law officers additionally note that charges are possible against the homeowners whose residence hosted the party, as they were not present at the time of the shooting.
Larry Aaron III played as a defensive tackle for Marshall, and he was originally planning on returning to the university in Huntington, West Virginia next week.