Early Morning Fight Led to Fatal Shooting of Women's Soccer Player

A standout on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's (search) women's soccer team was fatally wounded after an argument broke out at a party, authorities said.

Jenna Cooper (search), a 21-year-old junior from Louisville, Ky., died Sunday night. She was shot in the throat earlier in the day in a shooting that also wounded the apparent target.

Nolan Jenkins, 22, a senior at the school, was standing a few feet from Cooper when another party guest allegedly pulled out a .32-caliber handgun and fired at Jenkins from close range, Police Chief Tom Casady said.

Investigators believe a single bullet passed through Jenkins' scalp before striking Cooper. Jenkins was hospitalized in fair condition Monday.

Lucky Iromuanya (search), 22, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony and carrying a concealed weapon. He was in custody Monday and due to appear in court Tuesday, the prosecutor's office said. University officials said Iromuanya was not a student at the school.

"Nolan and one other man and Lucky were exchanging some harsh words," Casady said. "Lucky brandished this handgun, shot Nolan and, in the process, shot her."

In a statement issued by the Nebraska athletic department, Nebraska head soccer coach John Walker said Cooper was a great person, teammate and player. "It was an absolute pleasure to have her on the team and to know her as a friend and teammate," he said.

Cooper was a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers and one of the top defenders in the Big 12 Conference. She earned first team, All-Big 12 honors in 2003. She also helped lead Nebraska to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Cooper played with the U.S. Under-20 National Team in 2001 and the U.S. Under-21 National Team in 2002.