Geoffrey Hyde, who was shot in the back on Thursday night according to police, earned second-team All-Great West Conference honors as a junior, when he started all 11 games. The shooting occurred 400 block of Buena Vista avenue (pictured above).
Mustang News Staff Report
Former Cal Poly football player and economics senior Geoffrey Hyde suffered a gunshot wound in his back Thursday night, the San Luis Obispo Police Department reported.
At approximately 7:45 p.m., police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Buena Vista avenue — about a half-mile from Cal Poly’s campus — after a shooting was reported inside a residence.
Hyde, 22, was treated at the scene by San Luis Obispo Fire Department personnel and transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he remains in stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery.
Hyde, a student assistant on the Cal Poly football team this year, played his last season as a Mustang in 2012.
The offensive lineman earned second-team All-Great West Conference honors as a junior, when he started all 11 games. He entered 2012 as Cal Poly’s No. 1 snapper.
San Luis Obispo Police investigators discovered two suspects had entered the residence, possibly to complete a prescription drug transaction, according to a press release.
Investigators believe Hyde and one suspect engaged in a physical altercation, at which point the suspect allegedly retrieved a handgun and shot Hyde in the back.
Both suspects, neither of which have been positively identified, immediately fled the scene following the shooting, according to the release. The description of their vehicle has not yet been confirmed.
Police are still investigating this case.
Update 4:02 p.m.
The Cal Poly football team, currently on the road for its season finale at Northern Colorado, received the news of Hyde’s shooting Thursday night. The San Luis Obispo Police Department called head coach Tim Walsh during the team’s flight to Denver.
“Geoff was a good player, our starting center for three years,” Walsh wrote in an email. “He was knowledgeable and a very intelligent player. He led by how he played the game.”
Walsh is also in touch with campus administrators regarding the situation.
The Mustangs (5-6, 4-3 Big Sky Conference) missed a shot at the playoffs last week, and can finish as high as fourth in the conference with a win at Northern Colorado Saturday.
“We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity this year as it is,” Walsh wrote. “This was a shock obviously, but being together as a team, and having the opportunity to do something they love to do, will help them get through this adversity.”
Jacob Lauing contributed to this staff report.