Stedman Bailey, the St. Louis Rams wide receiver, is in stable condition after being shot in the head Tuesday night while sitting in a car in South Florida, according to Miami Gardens police department.
According to ESPN, Bailey’s surgery lasted close to nine hours. Bailey is currently resting in a Miami intensive care unit after undergoing surgery on Wednesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. The 25-year-old wide receiver is expected to remain in ICU for a few more days at the least.
Bailey was in the car with four others – two of them minors – near a plush Miami Gardens residence when “another vehicle arrived and opened fired at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday,” according to police in the South Florida neighborhood. Antwan Reeves, Bailey’s cousin, also suffered gun shots. Reeves was in the driver’s seat.
Fortunately, the minors escaped the attack unscathed. NFL.com reports that Reeves took multiple shots while shielding the children from the bullets. The report also states that police are looking for a four-door sedan, possibly a Buick Regal.
“We are aware Stedman Bailey was involved in an incident this evening,” the St. Louis Rams said in a statement. “We have spoken with Stedman and he is in the hospital in critical, but stable, condition. We are gathering facts about the situation and will provide updates as we learn more.”
Bailey, currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, has caught 59 passes for 843 yards and two touchdowns in three seasons with the St Louis Rams. Before being drafted in the third round by Rams in 2013, Bailey enjoyed a record-setting junior season in 2012 at West Virginia where he set a record with 1,622 receiving yards and 25 TDs.
Bailey’s well-wishers took to Twitter to offer prayers and support.