Tuesday, September 19, 2006

a shout out to aaron jackson

Ex-NW Catholic Star Called Hero

Jackson Wounded In Shooting Of 5 Duquesne Basketball Players On Pittsburgh Campus
By MATT EAGAN Courant Staff Writer September 18 2006

A former All-State guard at Northwest Catholic was one of five Duquesne University basketball players shot on the school's Pittsburgh campus early Sunday.Aaron Jackson of Hartford, who was shot in the hand, was treated and released from Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, but three of his teammates remained hospitalized Sunday night, at least one in critical condition. "I don't think it's hit him yet," said John Mirabello, who coached Jackson for four years at Northwest Catholic and spoke with him by phone Sunday. "I don't think it will hit for a while."Mirabello said he heard about the shootings around noon Sunday and immediately called Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, who is entering his first season at the school."All I heard was five players shot and two in critical condition, it didn't say who," Mirabello said. "[Everhart] was great. He called me back and he said, `Aaron is a hero.'"According to information Mirabello gathered from conversations with Jackson and Everhart, Jackson covered one of his teammates while shots were still being fired. He then applied pressure - possibly turning a T-shirt into a makeshift tourniquet - to a teammate's wounds before leaving to get his car...............

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