AUBURN, Ala. (AP) â€” Auburn tight end Lorenzo Diamond, hospitalized in fair condition after being shot in the abdomen, told police Wednesday he was accidentally shot by his wife as they were riding on the university campus.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said he spoke Wednesday morning with Diamond, whose shooting stunned teammates gathering for a cookout with the coach on Tuesday.
``He'll be back on his feet within days,'' Tuberville said. ``In a month, he should be back working out again.''
Diamond, a 20-year-old sophomore from Biloxi, Miss., underwent surgery at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.
``He's a lot better this morning,'' said Tuberville. ``He lost a lot of blood. I visited with the doctor. He was upbeat about the future, and said the bullet didn't hit anything major.''
Tuberville said Diamond told him that he was accidentally shot by his wife as they were driving and was shot in the side.
Police said the pistol was recovered from the trunk of the Diamonds' car and that Diamond has declined to pursue any charges against his wife, Delphine.
``It was a .25-caliber automatic pistol. It was in the car. They weren't trying to hide it,'' the coach said.
Tuberville said he was waiting for Diamond at the cookout when he heard about the shooting.
``All the players were shocked,'' said Tuberville. ``I told them he was being operated on, and they said they had been playing basketball with him only 30 minutes before.''
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Diamond caught 13 passes for 159 yards and scored one touchdown, against Alabama. The Tigers' only returning tight end, Diamond missed Auburn's A-Day game last Saturday because of a separated shoulder.
``He's a good kid,'' offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. ``He has a wife and baby, and he's good in school. He's never been in any trouble.''