Sheriff reveals major changes in story surrounding shooting of Kenny Miles

Published: Nov. 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM EST
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Kenny Miles
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The shooting scene. (Source: Jessica Saleeby)
The shooting scene. (Source: Jessica Saleeby)
The approximate location of the shooting. (Source: Google Maps)
The approximate location of the shooting. (Source: Google Maps)
The shooting scene. (Source: Jessica Saleeby)
The shooting scene. (Source: Jessica Saleeby)

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - What was initially believed to be an armed robbery and shooting involving former Gamecocks running back Kenny Miles is now a mystery.

According to Sheriff Leon Lott, the report that Miles gave to authorities has been proven to be untrue. Lott made the revelation during a news conference at sheriff's department headquarters Tuesday afternoon.

"The only thing that I can verify to you is that Kenny Miles has been shot," said Lott. "We do not have an armed robber running around in the Dutch Fork or St. Andrews area. His ring and his watch were not stolen yesterday."

Lott said his department's investigation along with some sort of confession from Miles proved the initial report of a robbery to be false.

"I'm not real happy with the resources and time that we spent on this case chasing false leads," said Lott. "We wasted a lot of time and manpower.

Lott said it's unclear who is responsible for the shooting, but he hopes to solve this case in the near future.

he offered no other details about the incident.

When asked if Miles has been charged with anything, Lott said "no."

Miles is expected to be released from an area hospital today after being injured Monday afternoon in a shooting near Irmo, according to the university.

South Carolina team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy said Miles was shot in the forearm and sustained a soft tissue injury. Guy is currently treating Miles in this case.

Initially, reports from the Richland County Sheriff's Department indicated ex-running back had life-threatening injuries.

Miles thanked those who have offered support and prayers via Twitter early Friday morning,

"So thankful for all the support and prayers sent my way," wrote Miles. "Ill [sic] be just fine people I promise, I'm blessed y'all have a great day.Love you all"

The incident happened around 1 p.m. in a business park near the intersection of Kinley Road and Broad River Road, deputies said.

"Just after 1 o'clock, there was a robbery that took place," said sheriff's department spokesperson Sgt. Curtis Wilson. "We understand that the individual then shot Kenny in the upper body."

Wilson said the suspect tried to steal a team ring Miles was wearing during the incident.

Wilson said Miles was able to give authorities information about the incident while on the way to the hospital.

A maroon Ford Taurus was taped off with crime scene tape near 121 Centrum Drive.

Deputies are searching for the person or persons responsible, but have not released many details about the shooter.

"We are piecing this together to try to determine exactly who is responsible," said Wilson.

Additional details about the shooting or Miles' condition were not immediately available.

The Lawrenceville, Ga. native played in all 13 Gamecock football games in 2012. The tailback was third on the team with 359 rushing yards on 104 carries.

As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Miles led the team in rushing with 117 carries for 626 yards.

For his career, he rushed for 1,341 yards on 315 carries, including four 100-yard rushing games. Two of his five touchdowns came in the 2011 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska.

In March, Miles took part in Washington Redskins rookie camp, but is not currently listed on the team's roster.

Miles graduated in May with a degree in criminal justice.

He has been working as a support clerk at the South Carolina Attorney General's Office since August. A spokesperson for the office said Miles works with community outreach and youth mentoring.

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