A new member of the UAB Blazers football team died Friday after being shot in his hometown of Gadsden.

Allen Merrick, a 19-year-old freshman at UAB, died Friday morning at UAB Hospital after being shot in Gadsden Thursday, according to Capt. Bobby Jackson of the Gadsden Police Department. Jackson said the shooting appears to be accidental.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” Jackson said in an email to CBS 42.