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Central Michigan quarterback John Keller out of hospital after shooting

Dec 31, 2018; Annapolis, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) and quarterback Hayden Moore (8) and quarterback John Keller (16) pose with the Military Bowl Championship trophy after the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 31, 2018; Annapolis, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) and quarterback Hayden Moore (8) and quarterback John Keller (16) pose with the Military Bowl Championship trophy after the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Central Michigan quarterback John Keller was released from the hospital on Friday, nearly four weeks after being shot in the chest.

Keller was shot after a fight broke out at an off-campus party in Mount Pleasant, Mich., early April 24 and transported by helicopter to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, about 90 miles away.

“Very thankful to be heading home today,” he tweeted. “First, I have to thank god and I want to thank all of you for the prayers and support as they have been answered on this tough road. Thank you Hurley for saving my life. Blessed”

His stay in the hospital included being placed on a ventilator and several days in the intensive care unit.

Kenneth Thomas, 21, of Detroit, was arrested April 27 and charged with 10 felony counts, including two counts of assault with intent to murder. It is alleged that after he was asked to leave the party he retrieved a gun from a vehicle, then returned to the apartment and fired multiple times.

Keller, of North Canton, Ohio, began his college career at Cincinnati before transferring to Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. He announced his commitment to Central Michigan in January 2020 and sat out last season due to NCAA requirements. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

Fellow student Tyler Bunting was shot in his side and was released from the hospital earlier.

–Field Level Media