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Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins wounded by errant bullet

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins was wounded on Tuesday by an errant bullet that hit him in the shoulder.

Cousins was back home in his native Mount Vernon, N.Y., when he was caught in the middle of two rival street gangs that had been warring for days, according to a report in the Lower Hudson Journal News.

Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Terrance Raynor said Cousins is expected to survive his wounds, but he was not sure if it would affect his basketball career.

Cousins' high school coach, Bob Cimmino of Mount Vernon, said: "I just hope he is well."

Police told the paper Cousins was an innocent bystander and hanging out with a group that wasn't involved with the two gangs in question, the "Goonies" and "Gunnas."

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger was aware Cousins had been shot and released a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"I've spoken to Isaiah and he is doing well," Kruger said. "It truly was a matter of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was simply talking to some friends when an outsider fired a shot. Everyone we've spoken to said they don't believe anyone in his group was a target. The bullet struck him in the back of the shoulder and doctors are not planning surgery. He should be healed in a few weeks and begin summer activities with the rest of the team in June. We're very thankful it wasn't worse than it was."

Cousins, a 6-foot-4 rising junior, averaged 11.0 points and 4.2 rebounds last season.

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