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Former quarterback at Raines & Ribault paralyzed after shooting

Ryan Williams, 21, was shot during party at restaurant in North Carolina, police say

Photo: Livingstone College
Photo: Livingstone College

SALISBURY, N.C. – A quarterback at a North Carolina college, who once played at both Raines and Ribault high schools in Jacksonville, has been paralyzed after a shooting in which at least six people were wounded during a party at a restaurant, police said.

Livingstone College junior Ryan Williams, 21, of Jacksonville, Florida, was among the victims shot at a Salisbury restaurant early Sunday, said Salisbury police spokesman Greg Beam, who was cited by news outlets. Williams was taken to a Winston-Salem hospital.

Five other Livingstone students were wounded, and two of them were Williams' teammates, according to police. The players were identified as Juwan Funderburk, 22, a junior linebacker, and Darryel Georn Bethune Jr., 22, a senior running back. A statement from the school says it didn't sponsor the party.

Three students from Catawba College, which is also in Salisbury, were also injured in the incident, police said.

Beam said there was one off-duty Salisbury police officer inside the restaurant at the time of the party, and he contacted other officers who regularly patrol the area regarding the crowd inside the restaurant. The officers were still outside when the shooting occurred, he said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the case.