After reportedly shooting a current Olivet College baseball player after a game in eastern Ohio on Friday night, an Olivet College alum has been charged with attempted murder.
Prosecutor Ron Welch is asking for a $1 million bond for Franklin J. Grayson of Jacksonville, Florida, who is now being held in Muskingum County, Ohio. According to Olivet College, Grayson received his degree in 2021. Olivet College has been informed by law authorities that there is no known connection between the victim and the suspect.
An Olivet College baseball player returned to the field after Friday night’s contest with Muskingum University to get a personal item. He was shot three times on the field.
The unidentified player received first aid at the scene before being sent to a nearby hospital to receive non-life-threatening medical attention. He was later granted parental release. The Olivet College squad stayed over Friday night and left for Michigan on Saturday.
The tweet below also shows the baseball player who shot multiple times:
Keeping @OlivetBaseball1 in my thoughts today after a player was hospitalized after being shot multiple times last night. Absolutely devastating. Prayers out to his family, teammates and coaches. Thankful to hear he’s in stable conditionhttps://t.co/lp3jnNnVhA
— Stephen Schoch (@bigdonkey47) March 18, 2023
After the incident, Muskingum University issued a shelter-in-place order for the campus, and it was in effect until just before 10 p.m. on Friday. After the incident, the culprit was captured within an hour.
The culprit has quickly apprehended thanks to eyewitness descriptions of him and the clothes he was wearing, Muskingum County Prosecutor Ron Welch said in a statement on Sunday. “This dangerous situation was promptly brought under control for the protection of the school and the neighboring communities thanks to the coordinated intervention of multiple law-enforcement agencies.
“The victim, his family, and everyone else devastated by this tragedy are in our thoughts and prayers,” the statement reads.
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Sunday Saw The Filing Of Charges Against Grayson
Early on Saturday morning, 26-year-old Grayson was formally admitted to the Muskingum County jail. He was charged with one count of felonious assault with a firearm and one count of attempted murder with a handgun on Sunday. Under the existing charges, the maximum punishment is 14 years. The inquiry is still ongoing, and the prosecution hasn’t ruled out filing additional charges.
Grayson attended Olivet College, a Division III institution southwest of Lansing and situated between Jackson and Kalamazoo, from 2016 until 2020, according to his LinkedIn profile. His participation in commencement in 2021 is recorded in university records; he graduated with a degree in business administration and management.
When The News enquired about any current ties between Grayson and the institution, an Olivet College representative didn’t respond. Santiago Mendez, the team’s head baseball coach, has not responded to messages.
On social media on Friday and Saturday, there were rumors concerning Grayson’s affiliation with the squad and school.
Olivet College released one of two statements it has released since the incident on Saturday afternoon. “While there may be various comments made across social media, the college is committed to only reporting verified information or information as it is confirmed by law enforcement authorities,” it said.
After a 0-12 start, Olivet defeated Muskingum 8-6 on Friday night to earn their first victory of the year. Muskingum postponed all of its campus sporting events for Saturday and Sunday, while Olivet’s other three weekend games were also postponed.
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