JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former NFL player and Notre Dame star is recovering in the hospital after he was shot at a Jacksonville gas station.
Louis Nix III, 29, was shot Tuesday evening around 9 p.m. at a Gate gas station on Airport Center Drive near Jacksonville International Airport, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue transported Nix to UF Health Hospital in serious condition. Nix posted a video on his Instagram account as he was being transported, saying he was shot and that he wanted to tell his family and friends he loved them in case he didn’t make it. In the clip, it appears he has a chest wound.
He said he was getting air in his tires in the parking lot of the gas station.
Wednesday morning, Nix told News4Jax by phone, “I’m doing well.”
He said he posted the video because “that was the best way to get the message out to my family.”
According to the report, Nix told JSO officers he was shot by an “unknown person.” He told doctors at UF Health that “the suspects put a flashlight into his face” and that they said, “give me.”
When Nix pushed the suspect back, he said he felt the shot hit his chest.
Police released photos of the suspects Wendesday night. Both are believed to be between the ages of 16 and 20.
#JSO seeks Attempted Armed Robbery/Shooting suspects sought on City's Northside. The two pictured suspects, identified as black males, shot the victim as they attempted to rob him near Airport Center and Main St. Call 904-630-0500 or 1-866-845-TIPS with information on suspects. pic.twitter.com/qZlQRW2AUh— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) December 9, 2020
A witness, who News4Jax is not naming for her safety, said she was sitting in her vehicle at the gas pumps when she heard a “popping sound” and saw two to three people by the air pump. She said one of the men had a silver handgun. She said they ran behind the car wash after the shooting.
Nix attended Raines High School where he was an All-State defensive lineman. He then played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.
He later played on the practice squads for the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and the Jaguars.