Broncos Cornerback Shot, Killed In Drive-By

Denver (AP) -- Denver Police say they are searching for suspects in a downtown drive-by shooting in which Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed, hours after the Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in their final game of the season.

A police spokesman says a white Hummer limousine was sprayed with bullets from a vehicle that pulled up along its side. Three people in the limo were hit and taken to area hospitals, where Williams was pronounced dead.

The other man and woman who were shot have not been identified.

A team spokesman says the Bronocos are in "complete shock" and called the shooting "a terrible tragedy."

Denver Broncos players and staff members have gathered at a hospital where the body of defensive back Darrent Williams was taken.

Broncos Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith says Williams "had a big heart and a lot of courage." he describes the shooting as "a complete tragedy," and says it's "sickening."

Pro-Bowl player Champ Bailey was among the teammates who gathered at the hospital. He and Williams gave Denver one of the top cornerback tandems in the NFL.

Police say they're interviewing witnesses, and they're still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

Last month, Williams spoke of his desire to return to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, this off-season to talk to kids about staying out of gangs.

Williams was second on the team with four interceptions and tied for third with 86 tackles.


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