BYU running back signee Charles West, one of the best talents inked in the 2015 class, may be lucky to be alive after being shot in the arm by an unknown assailant Sunday at Coppell Middle School (Texas) while playing basketball, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Sunday night, West tweeted his about his status, and Monday morning he was released from the hospital:
For all who is concerned I'm fine. May the lord be with everyone.— charles west〽 (@charles_1_west) July 6, 2015
Good news. Charles West has been released from the hospital after being shot in the arm yesterday.— Forrest Grimes (@FGrimesN7) July 6, 2015
Here is the press release the Coppell Police Department issued yesterday:
The incident is a bizarre turn in West's personal life since signing to play at BYU in February. Days after signing day, West was pulled from the middle of class and arrested for allegedly assaulting an escort he called to his home with a knife and demanding she perform sexual acts.
West was indicted by a grand jury and awaits trial, where his attorney seems confident new information will come to light that will seemingly flip the story on its head. As it seems with his assault charge, we may need plenty of time to find out more.
If West still manages to navigate through trouble and is indeed innocent, his impact on the field could be paramount for BYU (though likely not until at least 2016). West was offered by Arkansas, Texas Tech, and hometown SMU but stuck with BYU on signing day. He clocked a 4.45 40-yard dash and ran for more than 1,400 yards as a senior at Coppell High.