Cop Shot 7 Times Released From Hospital to Cheering Crowd

WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- A 25-year-old police officer was released from a Philadelphia hospital Monday just days after he survived being shot 7 times in the line of duty. As the young officer, Christopher Dorman, was wheeled out of the hospital this afternoon, he was greeted by a line of applauding police officers.

After his release Monday, Dorman thanked his supporters and fellow officers, telling reporters he feels "good" and is "ready to get back to work."

Dorman was shot while responding to reports of a man selling drugs in Folcroft, Pennsylvania, about 13 miles south of Philadelphia, on Friday, officials said. The suspected gunman, Dante Brooks Island, was taken into custody that day, police said.

Dorman was struck four times in the chest, once in the face, once in the groin and once in the leg, officials said.

Doctors said Dorman was lucky that he had his police vest on, according to Folcroft Chief of Police Robert Ruskowski.

"The doctors said that any one of those rounds on his vest could have been fatal," Ruskowski said.

"It's unbelievable that he's alive," Ruskowski added. "We just thank God that he had his vest on."

Dorman's story even got the attention of a country music star. Dorman, who was planning to attend a Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia Saturday night, said in a video from his hospital bed: "Hey Kenny, don't forget me."

Chesney gave Dorman a shout-out at the concert but mistakenly announced to the crowd that Dorman had died. The star later called Dorman to apologize and wish him the best.

Island, who allegedly tried to shoot a second officer during the incident, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and related offenses. He has not entered a plea. It was not immediately clear whether he has a lawyer.

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