Suspect arrested after shooting of fmr UA football player

Published: Aug. 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2011 at 6:51 PM CDT
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Tony Gildersleeve
Tony Gildersleeve

MOBILE, AL (WSFA) - The suspect in Monday morning's shooting of a former University of Alabama and ex-NFL football player has turned himself in to authorities.

Tony Gildersleeve surrendered to Mobile County Sheriff's Deputiesat noon and was charged with the attempted murder of Antwan Deon Odom.

Odom, shot in the upper right thigh, is recovering at a Mobile, Ala. hospital, though authorities said his injuries are not life-threatening.

Gildersleeve, a childhood friend of the victim, walked into Odom's residence on Freedom Lane  around 4:30am via an unlocked door, according to police.

Once inside, investigators say Gildersleeve walked to Odom's bedroom where he aimed a .410 shotgun at the victim. One shot hit the wall. A second shot struck Odom.

Authorities indicated Gildersleeve's girlfriend was inside the home at the time of the shooting, but was not injured in the incident.

The suspect and victim wrestled over the gun, according to police reports, but Gildersleeve eventually fled the scene, leaving behind the gun.

Odom, a former Crimson Tide defensive end, was taken by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft. He later played for the Cincinnati Bengals but was released from the team and is currently a free agent.

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