Shooting victim home from hospital

LU VERNE, Iowa – The victim of a recent shooting is back home after spending three weeks in the hospital, according to his fiancee.

Dustin Kiefer was shot several times outside a friend’s home in Wesley in the early morning hours of July 21.  Hours later the suspect, Andrew Zeitler, was arrested in Corwith after a manhunt.  Zeitler is charged with Attempted Murder in Kossuth County.  He’s entered a not guilty plea, and is scheduled to stand trial in October.

Meanwhile, according to Kiefer’s fiancee, Ashley Badker, Kiefer is still in pain and trying to recover.  She says he was shot 10 times with an AK47.  Seven shots were fired into Kiefer’s left leg, two in his right, and one in his abdomen.  Kiefer spend nearly three weeks at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.  He returned home on Tuesday.

“(Doctors) had to remove all his organs and intestines to make sure that it didn’t hit anything,” Badker says.  “He’s lucky to have no broken bones, but he had to struggle to use the restroom after all this.  He tries to walk but he can’t put weight on the left leg.”

Kiefer is a father of four.  Badker and other members of his friends and family are working to organize a fundraising event to help with medical bills, but the time and location are not yet scheduled.

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