Friday, July 28, 2000

Girl, 10, shot; 3 arrested

Police say she was passenger in car

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — A shotgun was fired into a car, gravely wounding a 10-year-old Shelbyville girl. Three men were arrested, according to a Kentucky State Police spokesman.

        The victim of the shooting, Savannah Sanders, was in critical condition Thursday with a head wound, said a spokeswoman for Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. The victim was airlifted to the Louisville hospital after initially being taken to Jewish Hospital-Shelbyville.

        The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. Wednesday on Guist Creek Drive in Shelby County. Shots were fired at a car driven by Blanch Combs and occupied by Savannah and her mother, Janice Sanders, all of Shelbyville, according to Lt. Gary Peercy. No one else in the car was injured.

        Officers arrested Shawn Wright, 29, and Henry H. Ellis III, 25, both of Shelbyville, early Thursday and charged them with first-degree assault. Charles Anthony Armstrong, 25, of Shelbyville, was charged with criminal trespass for allegedly breaking into the home of Mr. Wright's father with the other two after the shooting.

        Chris Sanders, 39, the victim's father, was arrested about noon and charged with terroristic threatening.

        All the suspects were being held in the Shelby County Detention Center on Thursday and were due in Shelby District Court on Wednesday.

        Lt. Peercy did not mention a possible motive, and other officers at the Frankfort post had nothing further to add concerning the investigation.


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