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The Police Report/Other Details

Not much details here but figured I'd share it anyway. It's the press release from the police in Miami says there are no known suspects at this point.

Mr. Sean Michael Maurice Taylor was the victim of a shooting. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remains in critical condition. The investigation of this incident is in its preliminary stages. Please do not contact the Communications Bureau Shift Commander for updates.

According to a preliminary investigation, it appears that the victim was shot inside the home by an intruder. There are signs of forced entry at the residence. However, Investigators, still processing the scene, have not yet determined if these signs were caused during this incident, or as result of a residential burglary reported at the residence on November 18, 2007. Mr. Taylor's girlfriend and child were at the residence during the incident, but were not injured. We do not have a subject description at this time.

Any additional information regarding this case will be released as it becomes available. We do not anticipate the release of any additional information this evening. Please do not contact the Communications Bureau Shift Commander for updates.

Also, kept hearing rumblings about this all day but finally remembered to get it confirmed. The Redskins were informed this afternoon that Sean flatlined twice during his 7 hours of surgery, according to a team source, which was part of the reason for the grim atmosphere around here for much of the day.

Obviously, it takes a supremely conditioned human being, and someone ridiculously strong, to even survive this to this point.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 7:35 PM ET
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Jason, you are really coming through for us tonight. Cindy, I know the Post probably doesn't give awards out for exemplary blogging, but they should. This would be a good time to start.

Posted by: redskirt | November 26, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Hope he can supply some info at some point on who it might have been

Posted by: dave197391 | November 26, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Jasno/Cindy/WaPo--Thank you for what you are doing...This is a trying time for a fan, and your reporting is both a comfort and relief.

Posted by: theduck | November 26, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

A quick thank you/shout out to J La C and the WAPO Staff for the updates throughout the day. I appreciate the effort you guys have put into keeping us Skin-minions informed. Enough can't be said about your efforts. I truly appreciate it.

With religious based comments like "Offering Prayer" being controversial in today's society, I appreciate the fact that many of the regulars on this post sacked up and offered thoughts and prayers for ST and his Family without fear of the potential smack talk that would follow. Makes me proud to be a Skins fan knowing that most of us have our priorities straight.

Posted by: kmckinty | November 26, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm very thankful for positive news. I really am disappointed in some of the rumor spreading that has taken place. I know Sean is still in a critical state, but I am very grateful the that a lot of the Chicken Littles and Debbie Downers were wrong about some very serious claims and "my buddy heard this" garbage. I know it is really hard to trust the news at times, but it saddens me that people spread rumors so thoughtlessly almost as much as it saddens me that people are so easy to believe everything they hear.

Keep fighting Sean.

Posted by: Dorf | November 26, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse


I was listening to Riggo interview the lawyer friend. Lots of unasked questions regarding his condition. I am a doctor and would suggest the following questions:

1) Describe the extent of the injury to the femoral artery. How was it repaired? Was it repaired with a graft?

2) How long was his leg ischemic (without blood flow) during the surgery? Does he currently have a pulse in his leg (has blood flow been satisfactorily reestablished)?

3) Describe the extent of the injury to the soft tissue and bones in the groin and/or leg. Was the femur struck? Were any of the bones in pelvis struck?

4) The nerve that innervates the leg runs in the same neurovascular bundle as the artery. Was the nerve damaged? If so, what impact will it have on his ability to walk?

5) How many units of blood was he transfused? Has the bleeding been stopped? Do you expect any return trips to the OR?

Just some questions to consider asking the medical professionals or family members to try and ascertain the extent of his injuries....

Posted by: carocanesfan | November 26, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Quick Question to Cindy & Jasno:

Any update regarding the vigil that is occurring at Redskins Park, currently?

I would be curious to know what the turnout was/is...

This coming from someone living 3,000 miles away who is not able to access local news...except the invaluable resource that is RI!

Stay Strong Sean!


Posted by: StumptownChris | November 26, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

flatlined twice? The Reaper owns the reaper. Keep fighting Sean!

Posted by: Dorf | November 26, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Still pulled through after arresting twice on the table! :) Man the Legend of 21 continues to grow!!! :) Keep strong Sean! We're praying for you!

Posted by: macaro | November 26, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Dorf, hold on bud. I know we're all very shaken up about this but I don't think anybody - myself included - on this blog would intentionally spread spurious rumors. That said, I understand the frustration of trying to sort conjecture from fact. I posted a couple things I'd heard from acquaintances or Redskins personnel (e.g., Brian Mitchell touched on the fact that he had to be revived several times during surgery; a friend of Mr. Taylor said it was "a grave situation" on Sports Talk 980/John Thompson Show) but always prefaced that it's too early at this point to put much stock in anything we hear or read. It's human nature to share information - sometimes an unintended consequence is misinformation, half truths, etc. But I do not think that is cause for reproach. Aside from the few bad apples on here, we are all pulling for 21 and mean the best.

Posted by: lmgaffney | November 26, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse


The last I heard there were 40 people (and more arriving) at Redskins Park for the vigil.

Posted by: Lisa | November 26, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

For the person living 3000 miles away, is broadcasting the radio show live tonight until 9 PM EST.

Posted by: julieannecooper | November 26, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm so happy to hear some positive news. I'm simply stunned by this tragic turn of events. KEEP FIGHTING SEAN! WE'RE WITH YOU!!

Posted by: EKruse | November 26, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

For those thanking God for helping Sean pull through (or atleast the positive news) may I ask where this same God was during the multiple robberies/burglaries and the shooting itself? Can't God ever step in and help out before something bad happens?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 26, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

We arent out of the woods yet, but part of the problem was the casual use of the word "grave" today. Medically, grave condition has a specific and irrefutable meaning. It's overusage today by people who didnt respect its meaning caused a lot of tense moments.

That being said, this isnt over. But man, this feels alot better.

Posted by: rob10873 | November 26, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Vinny Cerrato was just interviewed in FL....he said that Sean's girlfriend said she saw the "fight" in his eyes.

Sean's father was also interviewed...he was very appreciative of all the support. Incidentally, he looks just like an older, chubbier version of Sean. He looks really young, too.

Posted by: Lisa | November 26, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

i was away...just read the good just saw greg williams interview...

Posted by: dealer | November 26, 2007 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Great news! No thanks to espn radio/tv for an update. Love the "fight in his eyes"
I'd expect nothing less from the reaper!

Posted by: puttinforbird | November 26, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

i do like the comment about the reaper staring down the reaper!

Posted by: carocanesfan | November 26, 2007 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Gaffney, I was more referring to the comments that were dropped like "I heard he passed at 2:40" and "my buddy said he was shot in the chest."
Just unfounded...
I know there was a lot of stuff flying around today. I don't think anyone maliciously spread rumors, but we tend to get caught up in these things and all of a sudden hear-say becomes canonized and next thing we know we're all told Sean is dead by some guy who heard from some other guy about it. I understand this was an emotional day... I was very emotional about it and actually was surprised about how deeply I felt for Sean and his family. I know people care and that was the spirit of most of the conversation up here, but the real disappointment was the thoughtlessness behind some maybe well intended comments.

Posted by: Dorf | November 26, 2007 8:20 PM | Report abuse


i am not a religious person myself, but can we not get into some "my god kicks ur gods azz"or "why doesnt god do this?"

people are expressing their thoughts, wishes and sentiments how they see fit...

its not time for some lame ontological debate.

Posted by: chrislarry | November 26, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I was apalled that ESPN in reporting this story saw fit to replay tape of Sean Taylor spitting on that dude as well as tape of his arrest for drunk driving.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 26, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Chrislarry, With you all the way on that and congratulations for being the first person ever to use the word ontological on Redskins Insider.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 26, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

espn is the weekly world news of sports reporting at this point, nothing they do shocks, suprises or moves me....just another day of bat boy screws liz taylor....

i gotta second the shout outs to janso and cindy, really great work on the blog today, many thanks!

Posted by: chrislarry | November 26, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Glad we're finally getting some positive news -- hopefully, ST's condition will continue to improve. We'll all be thinking about you, 21!

Also, I want to add my thanks to Jason and Cindy for a job well done today. I'm living in Southern California, and this blog is the only way I could get updates on what's going on. Thanks, guys, and keep up the good work.

Posted by: js_edit | November 26, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Thank you to the doctors and nurses, and modern medicine, and everyone who is working so hard to help Sean survive. My thoughts and prayers are with our Sean.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | November 26, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

everything on espn apalls me except erin andrews!

Posted by: puttinforbird | November 26, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Heck ya man!!! Jason you are doing great!! and i can not tell you how much i as a lifelong redskins fan appreciate these types of updates. Sean is my favorite player and i have been very worried all day but you have truly helped curb the worry for me. thanks again.

Posted by: daniel.vespa | November 26, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

thanks TE, you know how i roll...

This latest news is really encouraging, the Docs working on him must have been really working hard it sounds gratitude and thoughts to them as well....

Posted by: chrislarry | November 26, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again Jasno, Cindy, and the entire WashPo crew reporting on this story. We fans really, really appreciate it. I can't watch any of the local coverage, but the state of local and network television news being what it is, they're probably only reporting soundbites and conjecture. The blog has given us a copious amount of detail as it becomes known, and I think we all owe you a hearty thank you for that.

There are many things I want to say about ESPN, Wilbon, and the way some in the media (including the WashPo) have attempted to color this story with constant allusions to Sean Taylor's past run-ins with the law. But that's for another time when those arguments are more appropriate, in my mind.

Right now, the only thing that matters is that Sean Taylor is able to pull through.

Stay classy, folks.

Posted by: PDiddy | November 26, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Poopy -

God grants all people free will. If he stopped in and changed events, that wouldn't very well be free will, now would it?

To the rest of the Skins fans -

On a brighter note, I am so pleased to hear that there is a glimmer of hope for Sean. I have been watching him since he was playing at the U, knowing what a special talent that he is. I am proud of his fight, will continue to keep him in my prayers. Keep fighting, ST!!!


Posted by: bbrowning1 | November 26, 2007 8:31 PM | Report abuse


I know I'm asking you to go way out on a limb given that you don't have any hard information about Sean's condition.

However, if Sean's eyes opened and (more importantly) he's responding to commands, that's huge right? That would seem to show a good deal of higher brain function, especially so early after such a grave trauma. I know that there are a slew of medical concerns right now (will the repaired artery hold, how long was the brain deprived of oxygen, concerns for infection, nerve/skeletal damage, etc.), but I should be really encouraged about this, yes?

Praying (and I don't do this often) for more good news,


Posted by: argh | November 26, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

and apologies for using grave in my most recent previous post; I'm just a non-medical layperson


Posted by: argh | November 26, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Hail to the Redskins
Hail Victory
Hail to the Redskins
Everybody keep praying for Sean T !!

Posted by: pokemon | November 26, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks JLC and Cyn Cyty for the updates. This is great news and keep fighting Reaper. Our prayer are with you brother.

Also thanks to fans of other teams that have said a prayer.

Posted by: jm220 | November 26, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

This is such awesome news! It's been a roller coaster for everyone today, but it's such a relief to hear positive news. Jason, I agree with all the kudos being sent your way - your reporting has been excellent.

Keep fighting Sean!

Posted by: dciandy | November 26, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for this blog. We are praying for Sean here in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. We heard this is the place to hear updates. God be with him.

Posted by: bkrall | November 26, 2007 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow. that sounds a lot better. We need you back fo the DALLAS GAME SEAN!!!

Posted by: relishfilms | November 26, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 26, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor R.I.P. 1983-2007
i wasn't a redskin fan but i liked Sean and how he played the great game of football i know you're in heaven now man WE WILL ALL MISS YOU!!!! and this is coming from a guy in Minnesota :[

Posted by: mntymgl | November 27, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

and by the way yes everyone in the entire nation cares about Sean Taylor man WE MISS YOU!!!!!! you were way too young!

Posted by: mntymgl | November 27, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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