Vermilion CC Football Player Shot

Wednesday, August 23rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ELY, Minn. (AP) — A running back on the Vermilion Community College football team was in serious condition after being shot in the head by his dormitory roommate.

Donny Scott, 20, a first-year student at Vermilion, was shot at about 8:25 p.m. Monday night in the right side of the head and his side at the Vermilion Community College Apartments, an eight-plex housing area at the northeast edge of the campus.

Ely police arrested a teammate who attended the same Detroit high school as Scott. The two also became roommates after reporting for football practice last week.

The teammate, a cornerback in his second year at the school, was arrested a short time after the shooting. He was unarmed.

The weapon, a .380 semiautomatic handgun, was recovered near the scene of the shooting, according to police Chief John Manning.

Witnesses said the shooting followed an argument between the two.

The suspect was being held in an Ely jail Tuesday, and was expected to be charged Wednesday.

Scott was taken to Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital and transferred to St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

Football coach Keith Turner said the team went through a normal practice session Monday afternoon with no signs of trouble between the players.

Thirty-two students live in the dormitory where the shooting occurred. The dorm is supervised 24 hours a day by a live-in resident assistant. Roughly 730 students are enrolled at Vermilion this fall.

Because Vermilion is located in a remote area with surrounding hunting opportunities, the college has four safes in which students can store firearms, said Joe Sertich, president of the Northeast Higher Education District. On Monday night, school officials asked students to inform staff if they knew of any students possessing weapons.