Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was shot by an intruder in his home in Miami and has been airlifted to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.
"It could have been a possible burglary, it could have been a possible robbery," Lt. Nancy Perez said. "It has not been confirmed as yet."
Sean Taylor is in critical condition after being shot early today.
A week before Taylor was shot, a burglar broke into his home, rifled through his things, and left a knife on a bed inside the home, police records show.
Eight days later, this morning, noises in the dark spooked Sean Taylor and his girlfriend. It turned out to be their worst nightmare.
At least one armed intruder had broken into the $900,000 Palmetto Bay house and were at his bedroom door. Sean Taylor rose from bed, grabbed a machete, and went to investigate, according to a police source.
Just outside the room, he was then shot in the groin and critically wounded. He collapsed into the room, where he breathed heavily, blood gushing from his body, according to Taylor's lawyer and family friend, Richard Sharpstein.
Someone fired two shots at Sean Taylor, the other bullet missing him. Taylor's girlfriend immediately went to help him. The shooter fled immediately.
"Nothing was stolen. They shot at him and fled," said Sharpstein, who was visiting at the hospital. "He is clearly the victim of assault in his own home."
Sean Taylor emerged from surgery at 12:30 p.m. but is unconscious, with his brain at risk of damage from major amounts of blood loss.
Taylor is no stranger to guns. Back in 2005, he was accused of brandishing a gun and hitting a man during a fight. Felony charges against him were dropped, and he plead no contest to two misdemeanors. He was given probation.
Much as we make light of the troubles of some athletes, such as Michael Vick, here's hoping Taylor pulls through this and his attackers are tracked down.