Nov 22, 2013 8:42 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

SLO police say Cal Poly student shot after a botched drug deal

A member of Cal Poly's football team was shot on Thursday night in what police are calling a botched drug deal. The San Luis Obispo Police Department said Geoffrey Hyde, 22, who is an economics student, was shot in the back in his home on the 400 block of Buena Vista near Cal Poly. The suspects are still on the loose.

Hyde is currently a student assistant coach for Cal Poly's football team, and he was an offensive lineman for the Mustangs for the last four years.

Police said at around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday night, two suspects, a black man and a Hispanic man, both in their 20s, went to Hyde's house to complete a drug transaction over prescription medication. The black man, described as approximately 6'0" tall with a lanky build, wearing a gray "South Pole" sweatshirt and jeans, allegedly got into a fight with Hyde and shot him in the back. The Hispanic man is described as 5'6" tall with a chubby build and short hair. He was also wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans.

Investigators said immediately after the shooting, both suspects ran out of Hyde's house and fled in an unknown direction. Police said the two took off in a car, but they do not have a description of that car.

"We don't believe that they're still in the area. We believe that they probably fled. I don't think that there's a community safety risk at this time, but as always, you know, keep your doors locked and be aware of people that are in your neighborhood," said Lt. John Bledsoe with the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

At the request of Hyde's family, the hospital that he is at will not release any information about his condition. However, on Thursday night, police said he was conscious and alert when he was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery.



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