OU athletes injured in stabbing

Monday, September 1st 2008, 11:22 pm
By: News 9

By Toby Rowland and Gan Matthews, NEWS 9

NORMAN, Okla. -- Two University of Oklahoma athletes were injured in a fight Sunday morning.

Norman police were called to a fight at the Sooner Knights Club involving knives, tire irons, and gunshots.

The two victims were reportedly stabbed.

NEWS 9 has confirmed the two victims were OU redshirt freshman defensive end Frank Alexander and freshman basketball player Ray Willis.

Sources said both athletes required surgery for their wounds, but both are expected to make a recovery.

Willis was the more seriously injured of the two.

Police said Alexander and Willis were on the guest list for a private party at the club. Some people were not invited were turned away at the door.

"Apparently, then when the party broke up at a later time and the invited guests were leaving it was then that they were accosted by the people in the parking lot who had been turned away," Capt. Leonard Judy said.

The past of Cornerstone Christian Church, located next door to the Sooner Knights Club, said nothing like Sunday's incident has ever happened before.

"I was surprised because, you know, it's like, wow, this happened in our back yard, you know," Pastor Karl Burkhardt said.

Bob Stoops released a statement saying, "The health concerns for all of those involved obviously take precedence over everything else at this point. We encourage anyone with knowledge of this event to assist in the investigation."

Police arrested Terran McCabe, for illegally carrying a weapon at the club. His involvement in the stabbing incident was unknown.

Jeff Capel also released a statement in which he said, "I want to thank those students who assisted, the medical personnel who attended to the injuries and the police who are working to bring the perpetrators to justice."