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Student, shot four times, heads to fall semester with new outlook

Bleeding profusely and struggling to breathe after he had been shot four times, Christopher Moeller asked a police officer whether he'd live.

"I don't know," the Columbus officer replied.

It's an answer the 25-year-old Moeller said he'll never forget. Doctors at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center later told him he probably would have died after being shot on the East Side in December if he hadn't been young and healthy.

Now, after losing a semester of college during his recovery, Moeller is going back to school. He is to resume his studies as an engineering student at Ohio State University when the fall semester starts at the end of this month.

"I don't take anything for granted. Things in life don't bug me anymore like they used to," Moeller said recently from his Northwest Side apartment. "I have gone through one of the worst things that anyone can go through. I can't imagine much worse."

It was Dec. 9, and Moeller had just finished his last final of the semester — an evening test — at Ohio State. He headed back to the house on Eastmoor Boulevard that he shared with some other OSU students. Moeller was pursuing a second OSU degree, in engineering, after already earning a degree in communications.

As he drove toward the three-bedroom ranch that they rented, Moeller said his thoughts were on packing up to return home to northeastern Ohio for the winter break.

It was about 10:30 p.m. when he parked on Eastmoor in front of the house. Moeller said a man holding a handgun ran across the front lawn and told him: "Give me the keys, man!"

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