Savannah Shooting Injures Man, Shocks Many in Neighborhood

Ben Rainwater

SAVANNAH, Tenn. -- As gunmen fire more than a dozen rounds into a Savannah home around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, it creates a terrifying situation for Vynderlin Nichols and her six-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy.

"She doesn't walk, she doesn't talk, so I'm her legs," Nichols said. "I'm her everything, so it was really scary."

Neighbor Lee Franks says the gunfire was so loud that it shook him out of bed.

"I was asleep, then I heard right around 10 or 12 rounds come off," Franks said. "(It) sounded like world war III or Little Chicago busted loose on Counce Drive."

Police said the homeowner, Johnny Beard, was shot in the leg. Nichols said he was treated and released from the hospital, but the bullet couldn't be removed.

"It's still there, but he's a tough one," Nichols said. "He's a trooper, so he'll be OK."

The bullets went through walls, destroyed all types of furniture, ripped up two cars and even put holes in the sink. Despite all of that, the homeowners said they're just happy to be alive.

"It's very stressful, but all that stuff can be replaced. As long as we're all still here, we'll eventually fix it."

Police are searching for two gunmen, one armed with .40 caliber handgun and the other with an assault rifle. The victims said it's a scary situation, but they have to put it in the past.

"Only thing we can really do is just try to move on from it, just hope that it doesn't happen again."

If you have any information that can help this investigation, call the Savannah Police Department.


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