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Baton Rouge football star Mike Hollins identified gunman, helped at Virginia shooting, mom says

Koki Riley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Former Baton Rouge high school football star and Virginia running back Mike Hollins identified the alleged gunman and went back to the bus to help others during Sunday night's shooting on the school's campus that killed three of Hollins' teammates, his mother Brenda told ESPN on Thursday.

According to his mother, Hollins told her that he heard the first gunshots but initially believed they were just balloons popping. He then identified the alleged gunman, alerted the driver to stop the bus and helped two students get off.

Hollins then realized nobody else was getting off the bus so he went back, Brenda Hollins told ESPN. The first person he encountered on the bus was former Virginia football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, according to authorities.

Hollins was among two other people who were shot, according to police.

"He said, 'Mom, I went back. I needed to do something. I was going to beat on the windows because no one else was coming off the bus.' He said, 'I was going to beat on the windows. I was going to go on the bus and tell them to come on, get off,' " Hollins' mother said to ESPN.

Hollins, who according to his mother has undergone two surgeries, has been out of the ICU and off a ventilator since Wednesday, the law offices of Baton Rouge injury attorney Gordon McKernan told The Advertiser on Wednesday.

On Monday night, McKernan told Sports Illustrated that Hollins was on a ventilator and in critical condition.

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Brenda Hollins has worked as an administrative supervisor for McKernan since 2015. Hollins and McKernan's son also grew up as friends, playing on the same AAU basketball team and attending University Lab.

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan announced Monday that Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D'Sean Perry were the three players who had been shot and killed.

A fifth student, Marlee Morgan, was also shot but "is believed to be in good condition," according to ESPN.

Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at kriley@theadvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.