Two JMU football players removed from team after shooting

By Joe Beck

A shooting Saturday afternoon in Harrisonburg involving two James Madison University football players left a woman hospitalized in critical condition and three men facing charges linked to the violence.

The JMU Athletic Department announced Tuesday that the two cornerbacks, redshirt junior Corey Davis and redshirt freshman Xavier Crocker, were dismissed from the football program for violating unspecified team rules. Neither man has been arrested or charged in the shooting. In a news release issued Wednesday, the school indicated that “there will be no further statements made on the situation at this time.”

Three other men were jailed and arrested. Police identified the defendants as Nicolas Dixon, 20, and Shaquille Wheeler, 20, and Marquis Veney, 20, all of Harrisonburg. Dixon is charged with felony aggravated malicious wounding, felony use of a firearm in commission of an aggravated malicious wounding and felony maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle.

Veney and Wheeler were charged with being accessories after the fact to aggravated malicious wounding.

The victim, former JMU track team member Danyelle Kent-Robinson, 22, of Harrisonburg, suffered three gunshot wounds and was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital before being flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center, according to authorities. Robinson, who last competed in track and field for the Dukes during the 2011-2012 outdoor season, won the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association high jump championship.

A rising redshirt junior, Davis played in 11 games (nine starts) for the Dukes in 2012. The Union, N.J., native was expected to again contend for a starting spot. Crocker, from Richmond, redshirted last year as a freshman.

Harrisonburg police Sgt. Roger Knott said the trouble began when Kent-Robinson drove Crocker and Davis to Dixon’s house to buy marijuana. Police said Kent-Robinson did not know about her passengers’ plans to buy marijuana.

Knott said Dixon wasn’t satisfied with the money Crocker and Davis paid him for the drug. Dixon produced a rifle and fired several rounds into Kent-Robinson’s vehicle as she and Crocker and Davis were leaving, according to Knott.

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the scene at about 3:21 p.m. and arrested Dixon, Veney and Wheeler within about three hours.

Dixon remains in jail and is being held without bond. Veney and Wheeler were released on $5,000 bond.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com