Sharron "Nikki" Redmond has established herself in the city, recently crowned Miss Savannah and a first-year English teacher at Beach High School. Last night she was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with intent to murder after police say she shot 25-year-old Kevin Shorter.
Police say it is a domestic shooting. The victim is in critical condition and they are still piecing together what happened.
"He's in critical condition, he's lucky to have made it through the night," said Capt. Bob Merriman of the Savannah-Chatham police.
Police say Shorter was either Redmond's current boyfriend or an x-boyfriend. Redmond showed up at a house where Shorter was with a friend. The two had an argument, and that is when things turned violent. "She went to her car and got a weapon out and shot him," said Merriman. "The shots ricocheted off Redmond's Monte' Carlo, struck him in the femur and caused a lot of blood loss." Police say there may have been a wound to his abdomen as well.
Redmond is now in the Chatham County jail, with a $5,000 bond.
Students at Beach High School would not talk on camera but say Redmond is a popular teacher and they are shocked. The school district can't say much about her future now. "The only thing we can do as a school district is say it's an ongoing investigation, since the incident happened off school grounds there's very little we can say at this point," school spokesman James Harvey.
The school board also cannot comment on when and if Redmond will be returning to class. The Miss Savannah Pageant did send a statement which sends their prayers out to the families involved in the tragedy, but say they have no comment on this right now.