Former University of South Carolina running back Kenny Miles could be released from the hospital as soon as Tuesday afternoon, according to the school.
But Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says it appears earlier information they received about the ex-player’s shooting turned out to be false. The sheriff also said investigators no longer believe Miles was the victim of a robbery attempt, as they originally said on Monday.
“At this point, we know that Kenny Miles was shot. Where he was shot, why he was shot, how he was shot, we do not know,” Lott told reporters in a breif news conference. “The initial report that was given to us appears to be untrue.”
Miles was wounded in a shooting near an Irmo business park around 1 p.m. Monday. Investigators say Miles was taken by EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital with a gunshot wound to his forearm. Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators had said the suspect taken a team ring Miles was wearing during the incident. But Lott said Tuesday that the ring was not stolen.
“You know probably about as much about it as I know right now and that is that he got shot,” Lott told reporters in a brief news conference. “We can’t tell you anything else, because we don’t know. We’ll just continue to investigate it and hopefully, in the very near future, we’ll be able to determine exactly what the truth is and what actually happened that caused him to get shot in the arm yesterday.”
Initial reports from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department indicated Miles had life-threatening injuries, however a spokesman later revised his earlier statements and said Miles’ condition was stable.
“I’m not real happy with the resources and time we spent on this case chasing false leads,” Lott said Tuesday.
Miles graduated in May with a degree in Criminal Justice. He currently works as a support clerk in the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. He thanked those who have offered support and prayers via Twitter, “So thankful for all the support and prayers sent my way. Ill [sic] be just fine people I promise, I’m blessed y’all have a great day. Love you all.”
Deputies say they are searching for the person or persons responsible, but have released few details about the shooter.