Rodney Anderson, a Cal State Fullerton freshman basketball player, was critically wounded by gunshots fired by an unknown assailant Thursday evening on a street in his family's Los Angeles neighborhood.
Anderson was listed in critical but stable condition on Friday at Martin Luther King Jr.-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Anderson was standing outside an apartment complex at 1235 94th St. with two acquaintances just before 7 p.m. Thursday when the assailant approached, said Sgt. Craig Ditsch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lennox station.
The gunman did not appear to be targeting Anderson and shot at the whole group, Ditsch said.
Anderson suffered three bullet wounds to his chest and right forearm from a small-caliber handgun, Ditsch said.
Anderson had gone home to have dinner with his mother, Martha, said Todd Johnson, a Fullerton assistant coach.
"According to one of his sisters, whom I spoke with at the hospital, Rodney had gone down the street to talk with some of his friends when someone no one knew walked up behind him and shot him," Johnson said.
Brent Smedley, the basketball team's trainer, said he spoke with one of Anderson's attending physicians, who told Smedley that one of the bullets "severed the spinal cord at the C-7 level," causing some paralysis. A hospital spokesman confirmed there was some paralysis.