Wimberly was shot in the abdomen after a dispute in downtown Reno. The shooter fled in a car and a reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest. Wimberly has serious internal damage, but is conscious. Coach Chris Ault told the Reno Gazette-Journal that Wimberly will not be able to play football again.
Wimberly, who was expected to start once again at receiver, is one of the most popular players on the team. He was with several teammates the night of the shooting.
“They’re trying like heck to see him, but we’re being very cautious,” Ault told the newspaper. “You should have seen it Saturday and Sunday; they were lining up like Grand Central Station. It’s been overwhelming. But we’re trying not to overwhelm 'Wim' with too many visits and too much stress.”
Wimberly is expected to stay in the hospital through at least the weekend and faces an extended recovery period.
"When I asked the doctor, one of the first things I wanted to know was whether he’d be able to go back to school this fall, whether he’d be able to get his degree," Ault told the newspaper. "The doctor thought he’d be able to go back to school this fall, so that’s one of the first goals."