Mother of 3-year-old shooting victim speaks out

By Michelle Paynter - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A mother whose 3-year-old son was shot during an armed robbery is speaking out.

Jahavon Grows Jr. was shot in the back while he was riding in his uncle's car. It happened late Friday afternoon at the corner of Neva Avenue and Belmont Street, just off LaRoach Avenue.

Jahavon is still in the pediatric intensive care unit at Memorial University Medical Center. The bullet actually went in his back and is now lodged in his leg.

Jahavon's mother, Shanaya Sims, said he doesn't have much movement in that leg right now.

Sims said she was in Louisiana when she found out Jahavon had been shot, that's where they live. Sims said Jahavon was staying with his grandmother in Savannah for the summer.

"I was going hysterical," Sims said. "Because I didn't know if he was alive or dead."

Sims said Jahavon's uncle were talking to some men on Belmont street when someone pulled out a gun. "He sped off and they started shooting at the car and the bullet when through the trunk and into my baby's back," she said.

"When he got shot he told his uncle, 'pow, I got shot,' and his uncle rushed him to the hospital," said Sims.

The bullet when through the trunk of the uncle's red Ford Focus. The bullet traveled through the back seat, through the car seat and into Jahavon's back.

While Jahavon remains in the hospital, the men who police say are responsible remain at the Chatham County jail.

On Monday afternoon, a judge arraigned Eric Grimes, Orlando Green and Narze Walker. They were all denied bond. Their next hearing is Aug. 5.

Police said they were all arrested at a home on Belmont Street, just feet from where the shooting happened.

Many neighbors said they heard the gun shots, but they said they were too scared to talk on camera. They said this is the first time anything this violent has happened there.

Sims hopes it's the last time her son is caught in the middle of something like this "I am just lucky he's alive, that's all," she said.

He's alive and still smiling, but there's a long road to recovery ahead of him and his family.

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