Kentucky Fan Shot in the Vista Released from the Hospital

One of the eight victims of the shooting near a Vista nightclub was released from the hospital today and is headed home to Kentucky. Denise Massey and her fianc� came to Columbia earlier this month to watch the USC Kentucky football game. The couple t

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Kentucky fan wounded in the shooting in Columbia's Vista early this month is now out of the hospital.

Denise Massey was discharged Wednesday morning, roughly 11 days after she was first admitted to the hospital.

Massey and her boyfriend, Jimmy Brannon, had come to town to watch the USC-Kentucky football game. They spent hours in the Vista enjoying themselves, eating in restaurants, and as Brannon put it, "having the time of their lives." But around 2 a.m. on September 16th, a gun battle broke out between two rival groups along Park Street in Columbia. Eight people were hit by gunfire, including Massey.  

Four suspects were arrested in connection with the crime. 

“I can’t tell you what I was feeling or anything because it was I just can’t describe it, there was a couple of people that were standing nearby and I heard him we got to stop the bleeding," Massey said after she was released from the hospital. "I heard him yelling for me and then the next thing I knew, I was in the back of an ambulance ..and I asked him is this real? And he was like yes ma’am it’s real.”   

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Brannon says the bullet hit her on the cheek, shattering some bone, and exited the back of her neck, cutting a carotid artery. It narrowly missed her spinal cord.

Brannon says she'll have to have an additional surgery once she gets back home.

While she was in the hospital, the couple got engaged. He later put on Facebook a picture of her with the ring on her finger. 

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