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St. Pete prep football player recovering after drive-by shooting

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 01:20 PM

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A St. Petersburg high school football player is recovering at Bayfront Medical Center after a drive-by shooting this weekend.

Gibbs junior linebacker Maurice Hall was walking near 10th Avenue South and 14th Street South on Saturday night when two or three people pulled up in a green car and shot him.

The bullet went through his hip and up to his stomach.

"We were walking to a party," Hall said. "Some dudes in a car just came around the corner of the street. That's all I know."

The 6-foot-2 Hall says he can walk, but his football season is over. But once he completes therapy, he's hopeful of returning to the field for his senior year.

"I should be good by summertime," he said.

He's not sure why he was the target.

"Nope," said Hall, who, according to recruiting services, has received a scholarship offer from Oklahoma. "I barely even go anywhere. I'm always home."

"Maurice isn't in a gang," said Tiffany Taylor, a friend of Hall's. "Maurice doesn't associate with that. He's sports, school, and happy-go-lucky kid so it's the most random thing ever."

St. Petersburg police say they are still looking for suspects.

News Channel 8 reporter Josh Green contributed to this report.

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