Football player recovering from shooting

An investigation apparently is continuing into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a University of the Incarnate Word senior football player early Friday morning at a lounge on Walzem.

Eduardo “Tre” Spragg, a defensive back for the Cardinals, was reportedly at a College Night event at the lounge when he was shot in the back around 2 a.m. Friday at Copa Ultra Lounge and Grill in the 4400 block of Walzem on the northeast side of town, according to reports.

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The shooting followed a verbal dispute between UIW students and another group of clubgoers, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department told the San Antonio Express-News. Two unknown individuals were carrying handguns and shot at students several times outside of the club, according to SAPD.

Spragg was hit once in the lower back and later collapsed inside the club, police said. Emergency responders took Spragg to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition and he arrived unresponsive, but was later revived and able to reach a non-life, threatening condition, SAPD said.

Spragg, who is from Fort Bend, Texas, played in two road games last fall, making two tackles at Central Arkansas and two at Sam Houston State during the program’s first year in Division I. He played in 10 games and made one start at safety his sophomore year, including a season-high five tackles at Sam Houston State. He made four stops against West Texas A&M. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder finished the year with 10 solo tackles and 16 total tackles. His freshman year, he appeared in two games and made one tackle against Midwestern State.

The university issued a statement later Friday following the shooting.

“The University of the Incarnate Word is praying for a complete and speedy recovery of our student-athlete, Tre Spragg, who was injured as reported, at a local club. He is currently listed in critical but stable condition. We have no further information about the details of the incident at this time but we ask the community to keep Tre, his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.”

Jenifer Jaffe

UIW Editor 2014-15

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