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Kenny Miles Got Shot

Former University of South Carolina running back Kenny Miles – a big contributor to the Gamecocks’ 2009, 2011 and 2012 victories over arch-rival Clemson – was reportedly shot in Columbia, S.C. today. According to a tweet from SportsTalk SC, the tailback “was shot in the arm on or near Broad River…

Former University of South Carolina running back Kenny Miles – a big contributor to the Gamecocks’ 2009, 2011 and 2012 victories over arch-rival Clemson – was reportedly shot in Columbia, S.C. today.

According to a tweet from SportsTalk SC, the tailback “was shot in the arm on or near Broad River Road Monday afternoon.”

“After he was shot, Miles entered a business and the people working there attempted to help to stop the bleeding,” the SportsTalk SC report continues. “Miles initially asked that no one call the police, but the person or persons helping him insisted they call 9-11 because of the gunshot. Police arrived at the scene and collected evidence from Miles’ car.”

SportsTalk SC originally said Miles’ injury was “not believed to be life threatening,” although the law enforcement agency which responded to the shooting disputed that contention.

Sergeant Curtis Wilson of the Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Department confirmed to FITS that Miles was shot in the “upper body” and had been transported to a local hospital with what he referred to as “life-threatening injuries.”

Wilson referred to the initial incident as a “robbery” and said Miles had been shot by the perpetrator of the crime.

According to local television station WLTX TV 19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.), the robber “may have been trying to take money and a USC championship ring from Miles.”

Another source familiar with the incident said that drugs were involved – but did not elaborate.

Whatever happened, as of this writing, Miles was in critical condition at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

FITS is awaiting comment from the University, although we suspect they – like everyone else – will await further details regarding the shooting before issuing a statement.

Miles – a 23-year-old Lawrenceville, Georgia native – 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 the series for head coach Steve Spurrier’s team). He also scored a pair of touchdowns against Nebraska in the 2012 Capital One Bowl.

Spurrier has described Miles as a “model student athlete.”

After graduating with a degree in criminal justice, Miles took a job in the S.C. Attorney General’s office. His coworkers there describe him as a hard worker and a “good guy.”

“The best,” one told us, adding they were “sick to (their) stomach” over the shooting.

UPDATE: USC has just issued a statement on the Miles’ shooting. The school’s team physician says Miles suffered a “soft tissue injury” but that the injury is not serious and he is likely to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.

UPDATE II: Oh boy … looks like we’ve got a mystery building.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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64 comments

Squishy123 November 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Why wasn’t he using that free college education and at work instead of hanging out on the corner?

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joshparks November 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Kenny works for the SC Attorney General’s office, dumb@$$. Stop making assumptions. Despite the truth behind the old adage, you’re only making yourself into an @$$ in this case.

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Squishy123 November 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

In what capacity, gopher boy?

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joshparks November 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Who cares if he IS a gopher? He just graduated from college. Gotta start somewhere. And my point was that he does have a job and you were wrong. Even if he’s a gopher, my point still stands.

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bosoxking November 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Was he on his lunch break?

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Vanguard16 November 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

So does Alan Wilson, what’s your point? T-Rav was a junkie and an attorney for SCAG was arrested a few years ago getting blow jobs.

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Dan on Divine November 5, 2013 at 7:27 am

The lawyer getting the blow jobs worked for Jean Toal in the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. He had assumed Toal’s royal entitled attitude – which is prevalent in that department. Toal – Vincent Sheheen and James Smith’s candidate. As Sic is prone to say, Sheesh.

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joshparks November 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

You apparently didn’t read the post to which I was responding. My point was that he had a job, and I was responding to Squishy123, who implied that he doesn’t and was wrong.

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Scooter November 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

That is an unlikely place for a robbery. Why did he not want the police called. I would say that there is a little more to it than this.

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squishy123hater November 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Squishy123….. go fuck yourself.

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Squishy123 November 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

If I could I’d never leave the house.

Just nigga’s shooting nigga’s… or as they call it up on Broad Street, Monday afternoon.

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Anon. November 5, 2013 at 8:39 am

Or evolution.

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Elfego November 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

It doesn’t sound good but I am sure he thanks you for the concern Squishy. He is still a human.

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Columbia = Thug City November 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Columbia has a thug problem and the status quo is doing nothing to stop it.

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The Plagiarizer November 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

As someone else put it eloquently: “Famously Shot”

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wycheb November 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I am so sorry to hear about this. Thoughts and prayers for Kenny and his family.

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CorruptionInColumbia November 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Reading the accounts of this story on other news sites, it states that this occurred on Centrum Drive and shows pictures from that area. It has always been my understanding that that area is in the city limits of Columbia. Why is RCSD the primary responder on this call?

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Peter O. November 4, 2013 at 7:08 pm

My understanding is that it’s part of Irmo.

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Thin Blue Line November 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Nope, not in Irmo. Either CPD or RCSD, depending on who can’t duck the call.

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Jilted1 November 4, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Prayers that he will be well but something doesn’t add up here. Hope it wasn’t drug deal gone bad.

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doggone November 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

If you get shot at an intersection it’s drug related.

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Bm2231 November 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

It had nothing to do with drugs he was on his way to work. Someone asked him for money and proceeded to rob him. Don’t believe everything you read.

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Squishy123 November 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Could you explain how you know that and nobody else does?

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Bm2231 November 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Yea sure I know him and his family personally and have talked to Kenny and family members today. Can I ask how you know it was a drug deal?

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CorruptionInColumbia November 5, 2013 at 1:34 am

Interesting. Stories I am hearing are that he has been telling inconsistent stories to the police. Most think it was a drug deal gone bad. Why else would a man who had been shot tell the people trying to help him not to call the police?

What remains to be seen is whether the usual one hand that washes the other will help cover this up or not.

Buford Pusser November 5, 2013 at 6:24 am

so he was “on his way to work” at 1 in the afternoon in the back of some obscure business park way off the main road….rrrriiigghhhtttt.

Bm2231 November 5, 2013 at 7:06 am

People like you are the reason this world is so messed up. You don’t know the story but you’ll suck up everything the media has to give you. The kid is a class act, finished his degree in 3 years and went back for his Masters. Has been an outstanding student-athlete for five years. But people like you hear someone of color was shot and assumptions are it was drug related. Grow up. He was stopping by his roommates job, which is right near that business complex, when a man ran up on his car.

Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

Or the problem could be people like you lying and covering up the truth.

Smirks November 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

Bm2231, they don’t give a shit about hearing any facts or testimonies surrounding the shooting, not unless it confirms what they’ve already decided must have happened. You are wasting your time. They want to assume the worst and ignore any notion they could be wrong.

I hope Kenny heals up and they catch the shooter before he can hurt someone else. I think almost anyone here can agree that those two things are far more important at the moment than any jackassed, unfounded assumptions about him made during a time where he could have just as easily been killed and his family mourning his loss.

Let the assholes keep outing themselves as such and do your best to not let it get to you. The rest of us will keep Kenny in our thoughts and hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.

BM2231 November 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

Thank you very much. Means a ton.

Buford Pusser November 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Looks like you should have jumped to the easy conclusion with the rest of us on this one…

Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Who’s looking like a balloon knot now?

CorruptionInColumbia November 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

After hearing Sheriff Lott’s press conference, it appears that Buford, Squishy, and others have the right idea about what happened.

Buford Pusser November 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Looks like RCSD is calling BS on your “fro the source” info

Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

Did I say it was a drug deal? So Kenny goes to work after 1:00 and has a habit of pulling over for anyone who waves him down asking for money? Keep spinning your story it’s not complete yet.

BM2231 November 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

He wasn’t waved over. He was turning around in a business complex when the perp ran up on his passenger side window. I don’t need to spin my story when I’ve heard it from the actual source not a blog. And yes, he does go into work after 1:00 a lot of people do it actually, not everyone works 9-5 anymore genius. No story ever said he was waved over and asked for money. Keep up with the conspiracies big guy.

Buford Pusser November 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

With all your inside info why have you not commented on the updated story? Oh…I forgot…all your accurate info turned out to be BS

Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

What to think about that again, since everything you’ve stated is completely wrong.

Same ol' Same ol' November 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

Something nefarious, for sure. There are a lot of folks posting that he’s all saintly, clean and was an innocent bystander in this. Fact is, if you get shot, something’s wrong. You are somewhere you shouldn’t be or you done pissed off somebody real bad. (Five points excluded, anybody can get shot there).

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Sandy Burglar November 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Looks like you were right all along, doggone. It wasn’t that hard to figure out. Wonder where all of the morons attacking you and others, who have no clue about the real world out there, are today?

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Cynical lawyer November 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

In the last hour, there has been a lot of ink spilled in the MSM claiming what a great guy Kenny is, how he’s cured cancer, helped world peace, saved starving children and all that. I haven’t seen PR people working this hard to spin the perfect story ASAP since Steve Morrison died last week. (The problem with Steve’s real legacy is there are a ton of court orders showing he was not that perfect man – until he got caught by Federal judges.) Something is up with this mess. I actually hope Kenny is that good.

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Original Good Old Boy November 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Maybe he was a good guy buying weed?

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Cynical Lawyer November 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

Good point. I hope that’s all.

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Vanguard16 November 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Such is life for a gang banger!!

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Bm2231 November 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Please tell me what makes him a gang banger? Or are you some racist just talking out of your ass? Be intelligent not a jack ass.

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Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

Are you interested in Al Sharpton’s job after he retires/dies? You sure seem to jump on the bandwagon quickly enough.

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BM2231 November 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

Your comment makes absolutely NO sense. I like to stick to facts, but you stay with your conspiracies friend. Oh and for your information, I am white so to bring the whole Al Sharpton comment in this makes you look as an even bigger ass.

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Scooter November 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Facts? You would not recognize a fact if it hit you in the ass.

Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

You wouldn’t know a fact if it hit you in the forehead. So you’re just a whigger then…

Vanguard16 November 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Was he collecting campaign contributions for Alan Wilson or getting blow jobs like the SC AG attorney that got busted a few years back??

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Bm2231 November 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Again be intelligent not a jack ass.

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Peace November 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Prayers for Kenny! I think to much negativity has been said in this without really knowing! I pray for him and his family and also all the negative people!

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9" November 5, 2013 at 3:39 am

If you play/played for,The Gamecocks,that’s the only time a black man will matter on this blog.Typical rednecks.Your racism is palpable,and you could cut it with a dull butter knife..

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Yeah Right November 5, 2013 at 5:24 am

Columbia is a safe city and does not have a crime problem

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King-tut November 5, 2013 at 6:05 am

Not as optimistic as BM…….I say a drug deal gone bad.

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BM2231 November 5, 2013 at 7:09 am

Well I’m optimistic because I didn’t get my information from a blog. I received it from the actual source. You should try it sometime, it works wonders.

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Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

So why didn’t Kenny want the police involved? Did he have an excuse for that too?

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BM2231 November 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

He asked the police to be called once he reached his roommates office. Why don’t you get your story from a reputable source. Pathetic individual you are.

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Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Ba, Ha, Ha!!!

Why not just state the facts, he got shot over drugs and pussy. You people make him out to be some sort of saint when all he is is a ghetto nigger. You can take the boy out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the boy.

King-tut November 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

You dumb ass mother fucker! Know whose the dumbass? Like I called it….drugs! So go fuck yourself! Dam! I feel so much better!

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Gamecock 2001 November 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

Alan Wilson is the ultimate jock sniffer. He knows these thugs and calls them by their first names. He hangs out at the football facility and attends practices, apparently having a special pass for access. He has private lunches and breakfasts with these guy and helps when they find themselves in trouble. One big happy jock sniffing crowd.

Something odd about a guy that spends that much times with “Jocks.” Even the Jocks know it but they like the “protection” he can give them. Thad Westbrook, member of the Board of Trustees and Wilson fundraiser, likes it this way too. Keeps the Attorney General close to USC and those associated with it. Very Close.

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huntbailey November 5, 2013 at 7:14 am

What Ring would the “perp” want to steal?? The ring Spurrier gave them for 10 wins??

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kay November 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

Free boosie

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Jackie Chiles November 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

I’m not sure what happened, but I’m 99.9% sure privatizing something will solve it.

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