Youngstown State Player Charged in Shooting Death
Redshirt Freshman Has Not Played in Game This Season

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Oct. 26) - A Youngstown State football player has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of an Akron man.

Anthony Norman Jr., a redshirt freshman linebacker from Akron, was charged with murder, attempted murder and carrying a concealed weapon in the July shooting death of Christopher L. Harris, Akron police said Wednesday.

Harris was killed by crossfire when Norman and Michael Welch, both 19, began shooting at each other in a parking lot, police said. Norman, taken into custody Tuesday, was being held in the Mahoning County jail.

"I was just as surprised as everyone," Penguins coach Jon Heacock said. "You're disappointed. It hurts and bothers you. Our football family is like any family."

Norman has not played in a game for Youngstown State, which is 7-1 this season.

Welch was charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon and weapons under disability.

10/26/05 21:47 EDT