TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A man who was shot in both legs told investigators two men taunted him for being a University of Alabama fan to spark a confrontation that ended in gunfire hours after the Crimson Tide defeated LSU, authorities said today.
The ‘Bama fan will recover, police said, and no one else was believed to have been wounded.
It was unclear if the assailants were fans of LSU or any other team.
Sgt. Dale Phillips of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit said a 30-year-old man told police he stopped to use the restroom about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at a gas station. The business is less than 5 miles from Bryant-Denny Stadium, where Alabama defeated Louisiana State University 38-17 a few hours earlier.
The man said he was confronted by two men who began to taunt him for being an Alabama fan, and a physical confrontation followed, Phillips said.
One of the suspects pulled out a gun and the Alabama retrieved a weapon from his vehicle. The ‘Bama fan was shot and wounded in both legs before returning fire, Phillips said.
The suspects, neither of whom police believe was injured, fled in a small black vehicle. Phillips said he did not know whether the suspects were LSU fans, and the victim told police he didn’t know them.
The injured man, whose name wasn’t released by police, was treated and released at a hospital. No charges were filed.