Ex-Grand Valley star Marty Carter in critical condition after shooting

The Detroit News
Marty Carter

Martayveus "Marty" Carter, Grand Valley State's all-time leading rusher, has been hospitalized and is in critical condition after being shot over the weekend. 

According to The Times of Northwest Indiana, Carter was one of two people shot at a gas station Saturday night in East Chicago, Indiana. Brian Thomas, a 30-year-old from Hammond, Ind., was killed in the shooting that is being ruled as a homicide.

Carter, an Indiana native who starred at East Chicago Central High before playing at Grand Valley, is being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

"It's devastating," Grand Valley State football coach Matt Mitchell told The Times of Northwest Indiana. "He was a good person at heart. He had some highs and some lows. My heart goes out to his family and what they're going through right now." 

Carter opted to forgo his senior season at Grand Valley to enter the NFL supplemental draft earlier this month. Despite going unselected, he recently worked out with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Carter, a father of two, rushed for 3,728 yards and 36 touchdowns in 36 career games at Grand Valley. He also set a single-season program record and led all of Division II with 1,908 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016.

In addition to his records, Carter was also earned Division II All-America honors, finished fifth in the Harlon Hill Award voting for D2 player of the year, and was named the D2Football.com national offensive player of the year in 2016.

"He was very motivated by the dream of playing in the NFL," Mitchell said. "He was a ferocious competitor when he was carrying the ball."