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S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office has given former University of South Carolina running back Kenny Miles a thirty-day “medical leave” from his job in the wake of an unexplained shooting in which Miles was wounded.

News of the leave  – which will be unpaid – was first reported by The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper.

Miles was shot in the forearm on Monday in what was initially described as an attempted robbery.

That turned out not to be the case, though … which has prompted a flood of theories as to what really happened to Miles.

Numerous sources have reported that drugs were involved in the shooting … while others claim a gambling connection.

Still others believe Miles was working undercover as part of an anti-gang effort.

There’s no shortage of speculation, in other words … a process Miles is fueling by refusing to speak publicly about the incident (and by reportedly changing his story to police several times in the aftermath of the shooting).

What we do know is that Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s deputies have uncovered the bullet that wounded Miles from a parking lot near where he was shot, although it remains to be seen whether they will be able to trace it back to a weapon.

Or a shooter …

We also know the sheriff’s office didn’t want this particular hot potato in its lap, and initially tried to pawn the case off on a pair of local jurisdictions.

“There was a dispute initially about borders,” one source tells FITS. “RCSD was trying to give the call to city cops.”

A 23-year-old native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Miles rushed for 1,341 yards and four touchdowns during his career at South Carolina. He also had 416 receiving yards and caught one touchdown pass. Miles’ biggest game for South Carolina came in 2009 when he ran for 114 yards on just 17 carries against Clemson – leading the Gamecocks to a 34-17 win (the first of four consecutive victories in this rivalry series).

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