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Family of father shot breaking up fight says they regret the brawl


A father, trying to do the right thing by breaking up a fight between a large group of children, was shot in the back Tuesday night. 

WTOC was on the scene Tuesday evening and caught up with the father's family Wednesday afternoon.

Larry Briggs' sons say they were involved in the fight, which started with insults between teens on Facebook, particularly their sister. The situation escalated to violence on 38th Street and Ash Street quickly. A dozen kids grew to close to 30 teenagers. The next thing they knew,  young females were fighting too, weapons were drawn and parents were trying to break it up.

The last thing they remember was a gun pointed at them.

"His brother came back with a gun and pointed it at my father and said 'so you want to beat on little kids now?' After that, me and my dad ran," Elizah Handy told WTOC. "I turned and saw the gun pointed at my head, so I ran into a different direction and ducked and my dad was hit in the back."

This all started after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Neighbors say they called police, but no one showed up until reports of a shot fired. By then, Briggs' wife, Octavia, had already driven him to Memorial Health.

WTOC spoke to Octavia on the phone a little while ago. She says he is hanging on from a gun shot wound to the back which punctured a lung. His sons say, looking back, they wish the fight never started.

"They say he is in good condition. He can open his eyes but not sure what will happen after surgery," Hakeem George said.

"Was it all worth it? This fight," WTOC asked.

"No. Not at all. We did not know it would get this out of hand," Handy said.

"Now your dad is in the hospital after trying to break up your fight. Do you feel guilty," WTOC asked.

"Yes," Handy said.

"Yes. I feel super guilty," George said. 

Octavia Briggs called WTOC later to say her husband is out of surgery but remains in stable condition.

She said police may be on the trail of the person who shot her husband, but so far, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have not named a suspect. 

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