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Former Georgia Southern football player shot, later arrested
Lewis charged with marijuana possession, probation violation
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Cameron Zaquan Lewis

A former Georgia Southern University football player was arrested Thursday after being shot in a Campus Crossings apartment, located on Lanier Drive near the Georgia Southern University campus.

Cameron Zaquan Lewis, 20, of Campus Crossings, suffered a gunshot wound during an armed robbery around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Statesboro police reports. A subsequent investigation led to his arrest for marijuana possession.

Statesboro police Cpl. Justin Samples said Lewis was injured but did not give details of his injury due to an ongoing investigation. While still in the hospital, being treated for his injury, Lewis signed a release giving his permission for police to terminate any further investigation, but police are looking into the shooting and armed robbery anyway, Samples said.

Statesboro police officers responded to East Georgia Regional Medical Center around 1:22 a.m. Thursday and spoke with Lewis regarding the incident, in which a gunman robbed him of $230 cash and a pair of size-12 red-and-black Nike Air Jordan shoes, a police report states.

The report did not list a suspect nor give details of a suspect's description.

Members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team also responded to the scene of the armed robbery and shooting and, upon further investigation, charged Lewis with marijuana possession and probation violation, according to Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins.

The shooting incident preceded a fatal shooting at the same apartment complex early Friday morning, in which Mikeal Hamilton, 24, of Norcross, was killed and Ian Lamar Rumph, 24, was injured.

Steven Williams, 21, of Augusta, is charged with murder and aggravated assault in that incident. Two others - Joseph Miles, 18, and Malik Rashad Freeman, 19, both of Lanier Drive - are charged with misdemeanor obstruction and a felony charge of making false statements. All three remain in the Bulloch County Jail.

Samples said investigators have not linked the two shooting incidents at this time.

Lewis also was a victim in a Feb. 9, 2014, incident in which another former Georgia Southern football player, Dominique Swope, 21, of Woodstock, reportedly injured him in a vicious attack.

Swope was arrested Feb. 18 after the attack, which took place at the Cambridge at Southern apartment complex on Lanier Drive.

Lewis suffered severe head trauma during that attack and was flown by helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah because of brain hemorrhaging and swelling, a police report states.

Lewis remained in the Bulloch County Jail Friday, held without bond because of the probation violation charge, according to jail records.

Statesboro police Detective Sgt. Patrick Haralson is investigating the armed robbery and shooting, according to the police report.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.