By Stephanie Taylor
The Tuscaloosa News
Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis was shot in the leg while at a Tuscaloosa bar early Sunday morning.
Davis, 20, was hospitalized with a minor injury to his leg. Investigators with the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit would not identify Davis as the victim, but The Tuscaloosa News has confirmed his identity. Investigators believe Davis may have been hit by a stray bullet.
“The victim told investigators he was standing outside of Bar 17 when he heard several gunshots and realized he had been shot in the right leg,” Homicide Unit commander Capt. Gary Hood said. “The victim was uncooperative with investigators.”
Bar 17, at 3217 10th St., is just off Stillman Boulevard and has been the site of shootings and a homicide over the last few years. It was most recently called The Playhouse. The bar showed the pay-per-view Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight Saturday night, according to its Facebook page.
Investigators recovered several shell casings from the parking lot, Hood said. Davis was treated at DCH Regional Medical Center, where investigators who arrived to take a report.
University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban issued the following statement Sunday afternoon: “Our concern at this time is for Raekwon and his health. While this does not appear to be a serious medical situation, Raekwon is still being evaluated.”
Davis, who is from Meridian, Mississippi, is projected to be a starter at defensive end this season after playing as a reserve as a freshman in 2016. He played in seven games and recorded four tackles and a sack in 2016.
At 6-foot-7, 306 pounds, Davis spend the off-season heavily invested in the Alabama strength and conditioning program under coach Scott Cochran. That work has shown during fall practice.
Aaron Suttles contributed to this report.