Former LSU LB Tahj Jones suffers gunshot wound, in serious condition

Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones was in serious condition after surgery Saturday following a Friday night shooting in Sulphur that involved another former LSU football player.

The man accused of shooting Jones, Brandon Winey, was a sixth-round pick in the 2001 NFL draft. Winey was arrested and booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder, according to a statement issued by Sulphur police.

An LSU spokesman said the school is aware of Jones’ injury.

Jones was at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria on Saturday in the hospital’s surgical intensive care unit, a hospital spokesperson said. He remained in serious condition as of Saturday afternoon.

Jones was shot in the abdomen.

The shooting happened at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Beglis Parkway in Sulphur late Friday night. Sulphur police received a call at 11:42 p.m. in reference to a shooting, according to a release from the Police Department.

Jones had arrived unannounced at the apartment to visit a female friend, the release says. Winey arrived later, and the two men got into an altercation. Winey produced a handgun and shot Jones, the release says.

Winey fled after the shooting, and the friend took Jones to West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur early Saturday morning. He was later moved to Rapides Regional Medical Center.

Winey was arrested without incident at his residence in Lake Charles.

Jones, a Sulphur native, participated in LSU’s Pro Day on Wednesday. A reserve for much of his career at LSU, Jones played in eight games last season and made 10 tackles.

He started two games in his career and made 47 tackles.

Winey, 36, played on the LSU offensive line in the late 1990s through 2000. He played for the Washington Redskins, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos, starting three games in the NFL.

Several current LSU players expressed well wishes for Jones on Twitter.

“Keep my teammate Tahj Jones in your prayers please. #LSU #LB,” senior linebacker D.J. Welter posted on the social network.

“Can everybody stop what you are doing and say a prayer for my former teammate Tahj Jones #58. He’s fighting for his life right now in ICu,” linebacker Lamar Louis wrote.