(Updated) Cory Groover Shot

Clemson senior defensive tackle Cory Groover was shot early Sunday morning at a Clemson restaurant and was taken to an area hospital, according to a city of Clemson police press release.

Groover was shot in the left leg just before 1:40 a.m., while in the parking lot at a Waffle House located on 123 Bypass in Clemson, the release said.

Groover, 22, was taken to Anderson Memorial Hospital and was released at 5:30 a.m., a spokesperson at the hospital said.

However, according to Groover's sister Sebrina Praylow, who spoke to CUTigers.com in a phone interview Sunday morning, the bullet is still lodged in Groover's thigh.

"He said the bullet was in his leg and that they didn't want to remove it because they didn't want to mess it up," she said. "He said that it put a hole in him."

The release also stated the incident possibly stemmed from an earlier altercation at a YMCA shelter near campus and that Groover was later confronted in the parking lot at the Waffle House by an unknown black male in his early 20s or late teens, who then fired approximately 10 shots.

Praylow, who said she received a call from defensive line coach Marion Hobby at 2:45 a.m. to tell her of the shooting, said her brother told her that he was fired at four times.

The suspect and other potential suspects left in a white SUV with designer rims and also a gray or silver Honda with a custom air spoiler with three designer rims and one non-matching rim, the release said.

"We are very thankful that Cory has been released from the hospital and is doing well under the circumstances and will fully recover," Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden said. "Hopefully the police will be able to apprehend the suspect and put closer to this case."

Last season, Groover played in all 11 games, registering 27 tackles, six of which went for a loss, including one sack.

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