NIU player improves; bond set for shooting suspects

April 8, 2011 3:53:52 PM PDT
As bond was set at $1 million for each suspect in the shooting that wounded Devon Butler, the NIU linebacker is improving.

Hospital officials say Butler's condition has been upgraded to serious from critical.

He was wounded in the drive-by shooting while off campus Tuesday night. Authorities say a gunman in an SUV fired into the apartment building where Butler was visiting with friends.

Prosecutors have charged 24-year-old Mark Orozco and 20-year-old Richard Van Arsdale with attempted first-degree murder. Both men are from DeKalb and appeared in DeKalb County court Thursday via closed-circuit television from the county jail.

They couldn't be reached for comment. It isn't clear if they have attorneys.

Butler is a junior from Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was in on 80 tackles -- second on the team -- and had 4 1/2 sacks.

NIU head coach Dave Doeren says the Huskie football team will return to practice on Saturday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. )