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Three Vanderbilt football players involved in double shooting over stolen cell phone

Two Vanderbilt football players were involved in a double shooting in a Nashville Target parking lot on Monday night after the football players hatched a plan to recover their teammates’ stolen cell phone.

Sophomore wide receiver from Richmond, Va. Donaven Tennyson’s phone was stolen during a meeting with a prospective buyer he met online on Monday afternoon in a Chili’s parking lot.

When Tennyson found his phone for sale by the thief on the same site where Tennyson attempted to sell it later in the day, Tennyson created a fake account and arranged to meet the thief in the Target parking lot along with Commodore teammates O’Montae Daley and Frank Coppet, according to police.

The football players brought along a pellet pistol to the scene “to help get the phone back,” one of the football players said according to police.

Upon interaction with the thief and another man, the football players were fired on with a shotgun and a pistol, with shots striking Daley in the leg and Coppet on his arms. 

Tennyson, who was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll last season, played in eight games as a freshman and totaled 28 rushing yards. Coppet is a defensive back from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Daley is safety from Warner Robbins, Ga. who enrolled early and is a member of the Commodore’s 2017 signing class.

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