Football recruit shot in arm

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BYU football recruit Charles West was shot in the arm over the July 4 weekend while playing basketball outside Coppell Middle School East in Coppell, Texas.

West was shot in the upper left arm at 6:11 p.m. Sunday, July 5 and was treated at a local hospital and released Sunday night. He is now home recovering. Sunday night he tweeted, “For all who is concerned I’m fine. May the lord be with everyone.”

Charles West (left) and Bradon Rice (right) try on BYU jerseys during a 2014 football camp. West was shot in the arm at the beginning of July. (Twitter)
Charles West (left) and Bradon Rice (right) try on BYU jerseys during a 2014 football camp. West was shot in the arm at the beginning of July. (Twitter)

Detectives in the Coppell Police Department located and arrested Montay Kentrall Howard on July 7 at approximately 1:30 p.m. as a suspect in the shooting. Howard, 18, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. Howard was positively identified by West in a picture line-up.

A short video of the shooting was released on July 6. It shows West running when he sees the shooter, and viewers can hear six shots fired.

West was a three-star running back recruit who signed a letter of intent to play for the Cougars in February. He recently graduated from Coppell High School in Texas.

This is not West’s first time making news unrelated to athletics this year. Days after committing to BYU, on Feb. 6, he was arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. West was indicted by a grand jury and will face trial.

In a radio interview with 1320 KFAN, West’s attorney, Hunt Bonneau said, “I can just tell you he’s not guilty of the charges, and we’re really excited to get to the point where the facts can be tested, and that’s what we plan to do.” West’s case is still pending.

The BYU Sports Information Department has no further information at the time of publication.

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