Authorities say coach who was shot changed story

August 17, 2010 8:16:59 AM PDT
Investigators say the circumstances surrounding the shooting of the Aldine high school football coach are not what he originally said. Authorities say initial information was that Lionel Crawford was pumping gas at a north side service station Friday when he was shot in his side, but they now say he tells them a different story.

Crawford reportedly pulled into the parking lot of the Scottish Inn Motel on Rankin Road to use a restroom. He says he was then approached by a man and was shot. It's unclear if the suspect was after his car or maybe cash.

Authorities say Crawford then drove to the gas station for help.

The coach and Aldine alum is now out of ICU at Ben Taub Hospital and recovering, but his family says he still isn't talking and is under heavy medication.

Family members say before becoming a coach, he played at University of Wisconsin and for Green Bay, and coming back to Aldine a couple of years ago was a true homecoming. But now the lessons he has taught his players both on and off the field are being put to the test.

"He's in our prayers and we are going to use what you taught us -- to fight through adversity and dedicate this season to him," said team captain O'Ryan Wiley.

His team is set to go back to practice this week without him. The Aldine Mustangs have their first scrimmage of the year on Friday against Westfield. Assistant Coach Kerry Bamburg will take temporary control of the team.

Police are still searching for the shooter. If you have any information of the case, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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