John Davis, Towson basketball player and ex-Neumann-Goretti star, shot after game in Philly

Towson University senior and Philadelphia native John Davis shone in front of his friends and family Saturday night by scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the school's game against Drexel University.

But just hours after Towson's 69-65 win at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in University City, Davis lay bleeding on the streets of his hometown, injured in a double shooting near his family's Queen Village home.

Davis, 22, a graduate of Neumann-Goretti High School, who is expected to graduate in May from the Maryland university, was hit in a leg by gunfire, said his mother, Kimberly Williams. Doctors had to remove a bullet fragment from the leg, she said.

"We're just extremely thankful he's healthy and he's fine," Williams said.

Philadelphia police do not identify survivors of gunshot wounds. However, a bulletin put out by the department about a double shooting early Sunday morning matches the location of Davis' shooting.

According to that bulletin, a man in his 20s received a graze wound to his right knee and a 16-year-old boy was shot in his left thigh on the 900 block of South Fourth Street about 12:30 a.m. The victims were taken to separate hospitals by private vehicles, the release said. 

Davis was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital and then transferred to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. The teen was taken to Jefferson University Hospital, where he was also listed in stable condition. Police did not identify a suspect or give a possible motive in the case.

A statement released by the university said: "Towson University men's basketball senior John Davis was injured during an apparent drive-by shooting outside his home Saturday evening. Davis remained in Philadelphia following the Tigers game at Drexel to attend a family function. Davis was treated for a gunshot wound and released from the hospital. His status for the remainder of the basketball season is still being determined.

"John stayed back in Philadelphia Saturday night for the dedication of the birth of his son, Bryson Hunter Davis Harris," head coach Pat Skerry said in the statement. "He was outside of his family home when a car drove by and opened fire. We are extremely thankful that John, and everybody else involved, was not seriously harmed. Our main focus right now is on the health of John Davis."

After the school's statement was read to Williams, she said it was "very accurate," but declined to answer further questions.

Police said their reports did not indicate that the double shooting on the 900 block of South Fourth Street was a drive-by, but that the two victims were standing in the area, heard gunshots, and realized they had been hit.

Davis is 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. As a Towson sophomore, he earned third-team all-Colonial Athletic Association honors. He started 29 games for the Tigers as a junior.

Davis is averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game through 27 games this season.

"If you had 13 guys like John Davis," Skerry said Saturday after the game, "you wouldn't need coaches."

Davis needed only two more wins with the Tigers to become the "winningest player" in the history of Towson's basketball program, Skerry said.

At Neumann-Goretti, Davis won three straight Catholic League and state championships. Davis was co-captain for the Saints in his senior season.

Staff writer Jeff Neiburg contributed to this article.

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