NFL rookie shot: Damond Powell Jr. Shot

Published: July 27, 2015

NFL rookie shot: Damond Powell Jr. Shot, Neighbors said they were shocked after a Toledo native and National Football League rookie was shot on his grandmother’s porch Friday night in South Toledo.

Toledo police said Damond Powell, Jr., 22, was shot in the face about 8:30 p.m. while sitting with friends on the porch at 406 Heathshire Drive. The assailants wore masks and fired from a vehicle.

He was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center by private means, and his injuries do not appear life threatening, police said.

Mr. Powell is a former Rogers High School football and basketball player and a 2010 All-Blade wide receiver. He played two seasons with the University of Iowa and signed with the Arizona Cardinals in May as an undrafted free agent, also as a wide receiver.

Those who live on the quiet, tree-lined street said Saturday such violence is rare in their neighborhood just east of the Inverness Club.

Michael Johnson, who lives across the street from the home identified as belonging to Mr. Powell’s grandmother, said he was outside having a family fish fry at the time of the shooting. About 30 people were in his driveway, Mr. Johnson said, when they heard what they thought were firecrackers. Then he saw Mr. Powell didn’t get up.

“It’s bad. We’ve never had nothing like this out here,” he said. “We cleaned up the blood this morning.”

After hustling his family into the garage, Mr. Johnson said he urged those with Mr. Powell to take the injured man to the hospital because he was getting repeated busy signals when calling 911 or was put on hold because of the number of callers ahead of him.

“No sense of him dying out here,” he said, describing Mr. Powell as “one of the nicest kids,” who set a good example for other young people.

“He’s just trying to play football,” Mr. Johnson said. “I hope they didn’t take away his dreams.”


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