Gibbs High football player injured in drive-by shooting - FOX 13 News

Gibbs High football player injured in drive-by shooting

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Maurice Hall says all he really remembers is a green car and then the sound of gunfire.

"My homeboy heard it first and he was like, ‘Maurice, Come on, run, run," the 18-year-old star linebacker at Gibbs High School said. "I was trying to. I tried. But it had already hit me."

Hall said he never saw the shooter's faces.

He and a friend were walking to a party Saturday night, when a car pulled up with two or three people inside and opened fire.

"He helped drag me over to somewhere where we would be safe enough, to keep me from getting shot again or something." Hall said.

Since then, plenty of other friends, coaches and teammates have been by his side, too.

"It's crazy because he's such a good boy. He's so nice. He's so friendly. I just don't understand, like why him?" said Tiffany Taylor, Maurice's friend

"I love him to death. We'll do anything for him. He's got a lot of support, and these are the times you need it the most," said Richard Griffin, another friend.

Football recruiting websites like "Rivals.Com" feature Maurice's photos and stats.

And there's lots of interest, from schools like the University of Oklahoma, The University of Florida and FSU.

"I think that a young man who has as much potential as he does, that somebody can do such an incredibly foolish act and it can change somebody's life. And that the person who did it has no thought about what's going to happen to that young man's world or anybody's," Gibbs High teacher Diane Devore-Kelly said. "That's the tragedy."

The bullet hit Hall on the right side, near his hip, sidelining him for the rest of this year's football season, but not for good.

Doctors say he'll eventually make a full recovery and get back on the field.

"Anybody can get hurt. I'm here with a bullet wound. But they're out there still playing for me. I've just got to bounce back." Hall said.

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