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Former Mississippi defensive back Alundis Brice was released fr

January 24, 1995 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Former Mississippi defensive back Alundis Brice was released from a hospital after a 10-day stay for treatment of a gunshot wound. Brice was shot in the abdomen after leaving a party on campus during the early morning hours of Jan. 13.

Beverly Smith, Brice’s mother, said the injury would not keep her son from his goal of playing professional football.

``He’s not going to give up on anything,″ Smith said Monday. ``Right now he’s reaching even higher for his dreams. He’s not going to give up that dream of going to the NFL.″

The All-Southeastern Conference cornerback in 1993 and ’94 was wounded as he left a party at the Ole Miss student union. University Police Chief Mike Stewart said Bruce was shot once with a .32-caliber handgun while breaking up a fight.

Herbert Gibson, 19, of Oxford, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He is jailed in the Lafayette County Detention Center awaiting a Feb. 27 hearing.

Brice, 24, was released from Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi on Monday. His mother said she drove him to their home in Brookhaven.

``He’s in wonderful condition,″ Smith said. ``The only thing he needs now is proper rest and attention and food.″

Brice underwent surgery following the shooting and was listed in critical condition for two days.

Smith said Brice started walking this past weekend and ``He’s improved very much _ I think faster than the doctors thought he would. It is very encouraging, he’s a very strong young man.″

Brice led Ole Miss each of the last two years with seven interceptions. He played in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic on Christmas Day and was scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl last Saturday at Mobile, Ala.