CU's Copeland shot, released from hospital

University of Colorado men's basketball forward <b>Chris Copeland</b> was injured in a shooting incident that occurred off-campus shortly after midnight Sunday, December 14; according to a press release issued to various media outlets across the country by CU-Boulder spokesperson <b>Paulene Hale</b> Sunday evening. The sophomore was treated and released from Boulder Community Hospital Sunday morning, and is assumed in a stable and recovering condition.

Several gunshots were reported after a number of apparently uninvited individuals in no way associated with any University of Colorado athletic program arrived at the party and were escorted out of the residence. Arrest warrants have been issued for two suspects not associated in any way with the University.

According to preliminary reports, no CU-Boulder athlete is suspected of wrongdoing in the incident, and the University is said to be cooperating fully with the Boulder Police Department, which has jurisdiction over the case.

The University has offered victim's assistance to Copeland and his family as well as any others who may be impacted by the incident.

Men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton issued this statement, obtained through Sunday's release: "I am extremely relieved that Chris did not sustain a life-threatening injury. It was an unfortunate coincidence that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. We in the CU basketball family are very happy that he is okay."

Other prominent members of the CU athletic community seem to share a similar sentiment. "I feel a sense of outrage at this random act of violence that victimized innocent people gathered at a person's home," University of Colorado head football coach Gary Barnett said after hearing of the incident Sunday. "I, too, am grateful that other people were not more seriously hurt by this violent behavior."

Copeland, a 6-foot-8 sophomore out of Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia, has posted 2.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in just over seven minutes per game thus far this season for the Buffaloes.


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