Former University of Oregon football pitcher Luke Hill was arrested and charged Tuesday for attempted murder and other wrongful charges after he allegedly opened fire on another athlete.
Hill, 18, is accused of shooting from a car at a University of Rhode Island basketball recruitment in a dispute involving Hill’s ex-girlfriend, according to news reports.
Police say Hill drove at Ishmael Leggett’s home and opened fire on him after calling Leggett’s girlfriend and “threatening her about her current relationship,” ESPN reported, citing a Maryland court that charged.
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According to court records, Legget told police he was outside playing basketball on Monday when he “observed the suspect in an older white car with the hue starting to shoot at him.” The suspect drove off, but not before a neighbor’s safety caught Hill’s car leaving the scene.
Hill was arrested the following day and a search of his home led police to three firearms hidden in his bedroom locker.
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“The caliber of the handgun located in the defendant’s bedroom is the same caliber as the shot shell recovered from the scene of the shooting,” the report said.
University of Oregon spokesman Jimmy Stanton told ESPN that Hill was told in the spring that he would not play football for the ducks
Hill, a defensive back who graduated from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore after retiring from St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC, during his junior year, had committed to play for Oregon, but coach Mario Cristobal told The Oregonian that he was cut before the arrest.
“He was informed earlier this spring that he would not be a member of our program,” reads his statement.
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Another source told ESPN that Hill never applied for admission to Oregon.
He is being held without bond in Prince George’s County and will return to court on June 19.