Marshall High coach Shawn Harrington on road to recovery

He was shot in front of his daughter back in January, his injury left him paralyzed, and Sunday night high school basketball coach Shawn Harrington is on the road to recovery.
April 14, 2014 5:59:37 AM PDT
He was shot in front of his daughter in January, his injury left him paralyzed, and now high school basketball coach Shawn Harrington is on the road to recovery.

He is glad to finally be home.

"Still in adjustment," Harrington said. "Just being back home, being there with all the help and everything around. Just getting back to the normal life."

But Marshall High School assistant boys basketball coach Shawn Harrington knows it's the first of what could many difficult steps in his quest to walk again.

He goes to physical therapy five days a week and there's already been progress.

"Last time I believed we talked I didn't have any sensation below my chest," he said. "As of now, I've got my abdominal muscles have come back and my ribs, my lower back."

Sunday afternoon, the 38-year-old high school coach talked to ABC7 Eyewitness News for the first time since his discharge from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he spent over a month recovering from the shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Harrington says doctors never told him the paralysis was permanent. But as he remains prayerful and hopeful, he's also realistic about his ability to walk again.

"I know that being a possibility," he said. "I'm okay with that right now. It may be something different, right now a reality I have accepted."

Harrington's return home came the same day as a second suspect, accused triggerman 23-year-old Ceryck Davis, was ordered behind bars.

His accomplice 21-year-old Deandre Hompson, was charged in February with attempted murder for the January 30 attack.

Police have said it was a case of mistaken identity when Harrington was targeted as he drove his daughter to school before heading to work.

Harrington played on Marshall's 1994 basketball team that was prominently featured in the documentary hoop dreams.

He has coached at his alma mater since the 2007 season when they won a state title and hopes to be standing on the sidelines if it happens again.

"I can't thank my family enough my major support through this whole ordeal," he said. "I just appreciate the love and support from everybody from around the city."


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