Manager accused in restaurant shooting appears in court

By Brian Entin - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Chatham County Judge did not grant Michael Grant bond on Monday. Police say Grant went on a shooting spree at a Savannah restaurant.

The shooting happened at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday inside the MaRandy's Restaurant off of Skidaway Road near Eisenhower Drive.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say the restaurant was packed at dinner time when two employees got into a fight.

Witnesses say Grant left the restaurant after a verbal altercation and then returned through the back door with a gun hidden under a white towel.

Witnesses say the manager, Michael Grant, shot the cook, John Cornish, three times.

Cornish was taken to Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries.

His sister Florence Cornish says he has severe damage to his bladder and that he is listed in critical condition.

She told WTOC doctors are waiting for him to stabilize before the operate.

Police say Grant fled the area and was observed by officers as he traveled westbound on DeRenne Avenue, near Reynolds Street.

Officers followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it.

Police say Grant refused to stop and officers pursued the vehicle until Grant jumped out and fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit on Atlanta Street just off Lamar Street.

Grant is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless driving, and fleeing from police.

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