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Miami's Cooper shot outside home

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- A Miami Hurricanes reserve safety was shot in the buttocks when confronted in his yard Friday morning by an unknown assailant, who fled after another player returned the gunfire, police said.

Willie Cooper was able to walk after being shot, and the injury wasn't believed to be serious, but he was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

When Cooper was shot, teammate and roommate Brandon Meriweather pulled a pistol from his pants pocket and fired three times at the assailant, who jumped a fence and fled with another person in their car, police said.

Meriweather used his gun legally, and it was unclear whether the assailant was hit, police said.

According to their report, Cooper and Meriweather noticed a suspicious car parked outside their home near the campus shortly after 6:30 a.m. When they went outside to investigate, the assailant was crouched next to the house, and he jumped up and shot Cooper.

The athletic department released a statement saying it was cooperating with the police investigation.

"Until the investigation is complete, we will not have any additional comment," the statement said.

The house where Cooper lives is owned by Hurricanes defensive backs coach Tim Walton and rented to players with approval from the school's compliance office.

Cooper, a junior from St. Augustine, has played mostly on special teams for three years. He was listed as a second-team safety on the spring depth chart.

Meriweather is a standout safety for the Hurricanes.

Now that is a classy program. Guy gets shot in the ass, and his teammate is right there to return fire. At least they've got the teamwork thing down.

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