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Kinne was shot April 7

TYLER, Texas -- A Canton High School football coach who authorities say was shot by a player's father has been released from a hospital, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Coach Gary Joe Kinne, the school's athletic director, was released late Monday, said John Moore, a spokesman at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.

"We're very excited for him; we're very excited for the family," Moore said.

Kinne was critically injured April 7 at the school's athletic field house when, police say, Jeffrey Robertson shot him in the abdomen. Kinne had improved to fair condition after several
surgeries, including procedures on his severely damaged liver,
where the bullet left a fist-sized hole, Moore said.

Robertson could face life in prison if convicted of a
first-degree felony assault charge, prosecutor Leslie Poynter Dixon has said. Robertson, whose son played freshman football, had several confrontations with students and coaches. He had been
banned from school property at the time Kinne was shot.

A message left for Kinne's doctor and at a number listed for the Kinne family was not immediately returned Tuesday to The Associated Press.