Former Browns star Chip Banks in serious condition after Atlanta shooting

Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Chip Banks is in serious condition after he and two other men were shot last week in Atlanta, according to police.

According to New York Daily News, Banks, 60, and two other men were found with apparent gunshot wounds when officers responded to a shooting in Atlanta just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to Atlanta police spokeswoman Marla Rooker.

The Atlanta Police Department did not respond to the Daily News’ questions about a suspect or motive for the shooting.

Another victim, Charles Pharms Jr., was declared dead at the scene and the third man, Bennie C. Harris, was also hospitalized at Grady Memorial Hospital but his condition is unclear.

Police told Fox 5 that a group of masked men approached a northwest Atlanta home, shooting one man in the driveway before firing on the other two, including Banks, inside the house.

No arrests have been made yet.

Banks, who went to high school in Augusta, was drafted by the Browns in 1982 and was named NFL Rookie of the Year that same season before going on to make four Pro Bowl appearances with Cleveland. Over a 10-season career, he also played for the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.


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