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Chris Johnson released from hospital after drive-by shooting

Jets running back Chris Johnson during training camp

Jets running back Chris Johnson during training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

Jets running back Chris Johnson has been released from a hospital in Orlando, Florida, and "is doing well" a day after he was wounded in a fatal drive-by shooting, his marketing firm said via Twitter Monday.

"He thanks everyone for their support surrounding this unfortunate incident as well as their condolences regarding the passing of his good friend," his publicist wrote. "He is expected to make a quick and full recovery and is looking forward to being back out on the field training as soon as possible."

Johnson was shot in the shoulder at 4:09 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement released by the Orange County sheriff's office. An unknown vehicle pulled up beside the Jeep they were driving in and shots were fired.

The driver of the Jeep, Dreekius Oricko Johnson, died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the incident report. The other occupant, Reggie Johnson, who was in the back seat of the vehicle, was shot in the shoulder, hand and leg, police said. Chris Johnson was in the passenger seat.

The three men are unrelated, according to the sheriff's office.

The incident report says Chris Johnson was "uncooperative" with the responding officers and would only say "a car roll by and they shot."

Johnson, 29, is slated to become a free agent Tuesday. The Jets said Feb. 14 that they would not pick up Johnson's option for 2015, a move that will save them $3.5 million in salary-cap space.

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