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Sportsman critical after shooting
Lorn Mayers
Mayers has been playing American Football for less than three years
One of Britain's leading American Football players is in a critical condition after a shooting at a New Year's Eve party in north London.

Lorn Mayers, 21, who is 6ft 3ins and 25 stones, was one of four people injured at the Elbow Room Club in Islington, in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Police are looking for video footage of the party.

Two men and a woman who were arrested near the scene have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Video footage

Officers were called to the Elbow Room Club after shots were fired on the dance floor of the packed nightclub following a "disturbance".

Mr Mayers, a 23-year-old woman and two men, aged 25 and 22, all suffered gunshot wounds in the shooting.

The woman and the 22-year-old man also remain in hospital but their conditions are not said to be life-threatening.

Mr Mayers, a defensive tackle, played in both the London Blitz's junior and senior teams and was also selected for the British youth team in his first season.

He earned a place at the Berlin Thunder team after NFL Europe invited him to take part in trials.

Last year, he almost made it to the NFL in the US when he was picked up by the Oakland Raiders, becoming the youngest player ever to be signed by an NFL side.

But he was released just before the start of the season, missing out on a permanent place.

Scotland Yard said it is particularly appealing for anyone who might have been filming the party on their mobile phone to come forward.

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