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Former pro soccer player shot in West Chester

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Jason Hotchkin (www.harrisburgheat.com) Jason Hotchkin (www.harrisburgheat.com)
Curtis Zebley (submitted) Curtis Zebley (submitted)

A former professional soccer player from Harrisburg is recovering from a shooting in West Chester.

Jason Hotchkin, 35, was taken to Paoli Hospital after being shot several times in the arms, legs and back during a fight around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Hotchkin played for the Harrisburg Heat and the Harrisburg City Islanders soccer teams before retiring in 2012.

He is a coach with the Capital Area Soccer Association and was in the West Chester area for a youth soccer tournament.

Police have arrested 25-year-old Curtis Zebley of Kennett Square on charges including attempted murder, four counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment.

His bail at Chester County Prison was set at $500,000 cash.

Heat Coach Richard Chinapoo, who was in West Chester for the same tournament, said he rushed to the hospital when he learned what had happened.

"I was able to go stand at the door and see Jason, and spoke to the people there in terms of what he is responding to during the day," Chinapoo said.

City Islanders CEO Eric Pettis said he heard that Hotchkin was trying to be a peacemaker during the altercation with Zebley. Hotchkin and Zebley reportedly did not know each other.

"He is not an aggressive personality and never would be one to pick a fight," Pettis said of Hotchkin. "He would be a guy to break up a fight."

Pettis said Hotchkin does not have health insurance and will have a long road to
recovery - physically, emotionally and financially.

"We are going to have a game Saturday and a fund raiser maybe donating a portion of the ticket to help him and his costs," he said.

"I have gotten calls from other coaches and past and present players," Chinapoo said. "We are a close group and we care about each other, so I know people are sending the positive energy his way."

On Monday evening a family spokesperson said Hotchkin's condition was updated to "stable."

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