Palatine Football Star Quesioned in Florida Shooting

Police say David Saunders involved in shooting behind a Tampa Whole Foods store

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 5:47 AM CDT
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Palatine Football Star Quesioned in Florida Shooting

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David Saunders plays in a 1997 game for West Virginia University.

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A former Palatine high school football star was released without charges in connection with a deadly shooting in Tampa on Tuesday morning.

Police say David Saunders, who attended Palatine High School and later played wide receiver for West Virginia University and arena football for the Tampa Bay Storm, shot and killed Deshaun Gregory behind a Whole Foods grocery store.

According to WFLA.com, investigators alleged Gregory approached Saunders in the parking lot along with his girlfriend, who is a client of Saunders, who works as a physical fitness trainer.

Gregory reportedly threatened Saunders with a knife and was shot during a struggle.

Police say Saunders was still at the scene with officers arrived.

The State's Attorney is reviewing the case to determine if charges will be filed.

Saunders graduated from Palatine in 1994 where he played football, basketball and track, and earned All-State honors.

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