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Report: Seminoles' argument led to 3rd-party shooting, charges

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Mario Pender has yet to play for Florida State. (USATSI)
Mario Pender has yet to play for Florida State. (USATSI)

An argument between two Florida State players allegedly helped lead to a December shooting that left a man in the hospital and has resulted in an arrest on an attempted murder charge.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported Friday that Tarron Addison, 20, is in Leon County Jail after his arrest in connection with the alleged shooting. According to witness statements in court documents reviewed by the Democrat, on December 22 of last year Addison fired several shots in the direction of Tim Pruitt, the half-brother of Seminole running back Mario Pender, in the parking lot of a Tallahassee apartment complex. One bullet struck Pruitt in the head, sending him to the hospital. Addison is charged with attempted murder.

According to Tallahassee police and the Democrat report, the incident was the result of an argument between Pender and Florida State offensive lineman Ira Denson. Pender accused Denson of using a debit card stolen from him, and took a pair of shoes from Denson's apartment as "collateral" after failing to meet him there. Per court documents, Denson and Pender agreed to meet December 22 to exchange money and the shoes, with Addison joining Denson, and Pruitt attempting to make the exchange in the parking lot on behalf of Pender.

Pender told police that he heard an argument ensue during the exchange, went onto the balcony, and saw the man Denson identified as Addison fire multiple shots from the driver's side window of a white PT Cruiser as he and Denson pulled away.

A high-ranking recruit in the class of 2012, Pender redshirted that fall, missed the 2013 season with academic issues, and enters 2014 as a redshirt sophomore.

Another blue-chip recruit, Denson redshirted in 2013. Though supportive of Pender when asked this week, Jimbo Fisher was noncommital on Denson's future with the team and tweets from Denson's account highlighted by Tomahawk Nation suggest he could be considering a transfer.

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