Monday, July 20, 2009

Antonio Burks in Critical Condition

Former Tiger great Antonio Burks was shot earlier this evening during a robbery outside a south Memphis house. Burks sustained a gunshot wound to either the torso or leg (news reports are contradicting) and was taken to The Med where he underwent surgery. He is currently listed in critical condition. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. The prayers of all the Tomb staff go out to Antonio and his family.

The suspects were seen fleeing in a blue or purple GMC Equinox or Envoy. If you have any information related to the shooting, please call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.

**UPDATE 7.21**

Antonio Burks remains in critical condition at The Med after undergoing a second surgery last night to stop some internal bleeding. Consensus (Fox13, WMC, CA, ESPN) is he was shot in the stomach although Channel 3, as of their noon newscast, is still reporting he was shot in the leg and even goes as far to say he underwent a third surgery this morning.

**UPDATE 7.22**

Burks remains in critical condition at The Med although several reports say that he is now stable (meaning vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are consistent, but not necessarily at a normal rate). Most reports continue to say he was shot in the lower torso although Channel 3's report of him being shot in the leg may not be that far off base as an artery was severed and likely retreated back into his leg. When a major blood vessel is severed, your body's natural reaction is to constrict each end of the vessel back into a muscle group in order to act as a tourniquet and prevent a large amount of blood loss. Several mentions of a full recovery have been made, although he is not out of the woods yet.

**UPDATE 7.27**

Burks was upgraded to Serious condition after a fourth surgery over the weekend. Also, Memphis Police have arrested a 16 year old and have charged him with accessory after the fact.


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