Former A&M star Kiel shot in Houston

Staff and wire reports

HOUSTON — Former Texas A&M safety Terrence Kiel was in stable condition in a Houston hospital Saturday, one day after being shot during an attempted carjacking.

Kiel, the Aggies’ defensive most valuable player last season, was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the National Football League draft in April.

Kiel was sitting in his car in a mall parking lot when he was shot in the abdomen and leg by an unidentified man, police said.

The suspect, who was on foot, “said something to the victim and shortly thereafter fired numerous times, striking him in the abdomen and leg,” Houston police spokeswoman Sandra Aponte said.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and later got into a vehicle and drove away, Aponte said.

Kiel, 22, was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he was in stable condition Saturday. No further information about Kiel’s injury was released by the hospital.

Martha Kiel said her grandson was shot three times: once in the ankle, once in the knee and once in the abdomen. She said none of the wounds were serious, and he was expected to have minor surgery.

“He’s expected to make a full recovery and have no serious problems,” Martha Kiel said.

Calls to the Chargers were not immediately returned.

Kiel was selected 62nd overall by the Chargers after leading A&M in tackles for the past two years.

In December, Kiel’s teammates chose him as A&M’s defensive MVP after he posted 95 tackles as a senior. Kiel had three interceptions, broke up six other passes and caused one fumble. He also contributed 5 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

As a junior, Kiel led the Aggies with 92 tackles and was honorable mention All-Big 12.

A three-year starter at A&M, Kiel had four interceptions as a sophomore.

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