Kenny Miles (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday the shooting of former University of South Carolina running back Kenny Miles was not a robbery.
Lott updated the investigation at an afternoon press conference.
The report Monday was that Miles was shot in the forearm Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. at the Dutch Fork Business Park on Centrum Drive, just off Highway 176.
"At this point, we know that Kenny Miles was shot," Lott said. "Where he was shot, why he was shot, how he was shot, we do not know. The initial report that was given to us has proven to be untrue."
Initially, deputies had said they believed robbery was the motive for the shooting, based on statements from Miles. At the time of the incident, Miles was wearing a championship ring, a watch and had cash on him, and investigators thought those items might have been a target. However, Lott said based on his agency's investigation and new statements from Miles, they have eliminated that as a possibility.
As for what could be the motivation, Lott said he didn't know, and that the investigation would continue. He added that he was upset about the manpower and time spent chasing a false lead.
Lott would not say if Miles was cooperating in the investigation. The former player is not facing any charges.
"Hopefully in the future we'll know exactly what happened," Lott said.
USC team physician Dr. Jeffery Guy said Monday night that Miles sustained a soft tissue injury from the gunshot wound. Miles was hospitalized in Columbia and was expected to be released Tuesday.
From his Twitter account Tuesday, Miles sent this message: "So thankful for all the support and prayers sent my way. Ill be just fine people I promise, I'm blessed y'all have a great day. Love you all."
Miles was on the Gamecocks' roster from the 2008 to the 2012 season. His final game was the Outback Bowl back on New Year's Day.
He graduated in 2012 with a degree in criminal justice. He's been working since the summer for the South Carolina Attorney General's Office as a support clerk, where he works with community outreach and youth mentoring.