Former Melrose, Louisville player shot at Memphis basketball court

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former Louisville basketball player Chris Jones says he has been shot in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Jones told The Courier-Journal that he was shot twice in the leg Tuesday night and was in the hospital. He says he will be OK.

According to media reports, Jones was wounded after a fight on a Memphis basketball court at Halle Park. Another man had a head injury.

Officers at Mt. Moriah Station, which is next door to the park, say they heard several shots and immediately responded to the scene.

Officers didn’t find a shooting victim at first, but he later showed up at Baptist Memorial Hospital on Walnut Grove Road.

Police say Jones’ injuries aren’t life-threatening.

As a point guard, Jones averaged 13.7 points per game in his senior year. He was dismissed from the team in 2015, just before he was arrested on allegations he raped and sodomized two women in a campus dorm. A grand jury declined to indict Jones and two other men.

The 25-year-old Jones has spent the past two basketball seasons in France.

So far, police haven’t identified any suspects and they’re still trying to determine a motive for the violence.

This is the third shooting at Halle Park since 2013.

Back in April, a teenager was injured in a shooting on the basketball courts. In 2013, a woman was shot during a domestic incident involving her ex-boyfriend outside Halle Stadium.

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