Senior defensive back Marquise Johnson was wounded by a gunshot last night, according to a press release from the Emporia Police Department. Johnson’s wounds were serious, but not life threatening.

The wound occurred at 7:55 p.m., while Johnson was one of several passengers in a vehicle, according to a preliminary investigation completed by officers. A gun in the vehicle fired and the bullet struck Johnson, said the press release.

Officers responded to the incident at Newman Regional Health, where the other occupants of the vehicle were present with Johnson. There were no other injuries reported.

Johnson was then transported to Stormont Vail in Topeka.

In a statement, ESU Football Coach Garin Higgins said that the main focus is on Johnson and his condition.

“We are aware of the situation and first and foremost our main concern is the health and well-being of Marquise,” Higgins said. “My understanding is an accident occurred and there was no intention behind it. We’ll continue to evaluate the situation as more information (be)comes available.”

The statement from Higgins is the university response to the incident, according to Gwen Larson, assistant director of media relations.

Currently, the gun involved in the incident is in police custody and the Emporia Police Department is conducting an investigation.

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