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Abilene IHOP shooting victim released from hospital

By Christian Collins, Reporter/Weekend Producer, ccollins@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 25 2014 12:04:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 26 2014 03:26:34 PM CDT
T.J. Carrion with his mother

Abilene IHOP shooting victim T.J. Carrion, 25, with his mother

ABILENE, Texas -

The victim in Sunday’s shooting at the Abilene IHOP is recovering at home as of Tuesday afternoon.

Theodore "Theo" Carrion, 25, told KTXS he was released from Hendrick Medical Center around noon on Tuesday.

“I’m feeling a lot better today,” Carrion said.

Despite what police have noted, Carrion said he was shot six times, including three times in the stomach, once in the leg, once in the arm and once in the back. Police reported he was shot five times.

Brandon Green, 25, of Arlington was arrested Monday after allegedly shooting Carrion early Sunday morning at the IHOP restaurant in the 3700 block of South Clack Street in Abilene.

Green’s bond has been set at $250,000. He is being held on aggravated assault charges. Other charges may follow, Abilene Police Department spokesman Sgt. Lynn Beard said during a news conference after Green’s arrested Monday.

The U.S. Marshal’s North Texas Fugitive Task Force arrested Green in Arlington. Beard said he will likely be booked into the Tarrant County Jail before being extradited back to Taylor County.

About 50 people were reportedly in the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

Green was in town visiting friends and was a member of the Air Force at one point in time, Beard said.

According to the original news release, an altercation between Green and Carrion took place inside the restaurant just before the shots were fired.

Police said Green reportedly exited the restaurant and headed into the parking lot after the altercation, which was about a girl. Several minutes later – as Carrion was waiting at the restaurant's front door – Green reportedly opened fire. Bullets went through the glass and struck the victim multiple times, police have said.

No other injuries were reported.