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Police: Marshall football player paralyzed in New Year’s Eve shooting dies

Fans fill Marshall's Joan C. Edwards stadium during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Huntington, W. Va., Saturday Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Walter Scriptunas II)

A Marshall University football player from Columbia, Maryland is paralyzed after he was struck by stray gunfire at a New Year’s Eve party, according to the player’s mother.

Melissa Aaron told the Herald-Dispatch that her son, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Larry Aaron, was paralyzed in the shooting.

"I'm in shock myself," Melissa Aaron said Monday night. "I'm just numb. It's such a freak accident."

Anne Arundel County police say they responded to calls of a shooting in the 7800 block of Bastille Road in Severn around 1 a.m. Monday, where they found a man, now identified as Larry Aaron, shot in the back.

Melissa Aaron said Larry Aaron’s injuries are not life threatening, but that he has no lower body movement.

"It is in his spine and he has no feeling in his legs," Melissa Aaron said. "They can't remove it because they are afraid it could be dangerous and hinder him even more to do so. It is right in the middle of his spine."

Despite Melissa Aaron identifying her son, police have not formally identified Aaron as one of the two victims shot at the party. A 17-year-old male, who authorities say was shot in the arm, also has not been identified by police.

According to the Herald-Dispatch, Melissa Aaron said Larry Aaron was standing by a wall when an altercation broke out nearby that led to gunfire.

Marshall’s coach, John “Doc” Holliday, wrote Tuesday morning on Twitter that he was sending out his “thoughts and prayers” to Larry Aaron.

Marshall football’s official Twitter account also has retweeted several tweets that appear to reaffirm that Larry Aaron was shot and paralyzed in the shooting.

Larry Aaron attended Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

Police say they are still looking for the shooter. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Western District detectives at 410-222-6155 or anonymously call the 24-hour tip line at 410-222-4700.

RELATED: Police are offering up to $10,000 for information about the shooting.

On February 22, 2018, Larry Aaron passed away at Frederick Memorial Hospital from his injuries, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

Homicide detectives are now investigating this case. If you have information contact the Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731

This story was updated on Feb. 22, 2018, at 11:07 p.m.

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