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After eight months, Savion Epps and Amara Saunders were finally able to share their accounts of what happened to them on July 20, 2019. The two were hospitalized that day after receiving multiple gun shot wounds. The shooter had been involved in an argument that took place at the 7-11 on Richmond Road, and shot at the vehicle that Epps and Saunders were in, believing he was shooting at someone else. Neither Saunders nor Epps were involved in the altercation that led to the shooting.

The shooting that occurred at around 4 a.m. left Saunders and Epps with both physical and emotional scars. At the time of the shooting, both students were visiting from their respective colleges where they played  sports. After a party, the two traveled from Essex in a separate car with other party-goers; one was Ty’ron Holmes. After the argument, the group left the 7-11 and Holmes shot at the vehicle Saunders was driving, striking both her and Epps. Epps was shot once in the torso; Saunders was shot in the head, torso and right arm. After being shot, Saunders lost control of the vehicle which traveled across a grassy median and stopped near the opposite travel lanes.

Later, Holmes, Epps’ cousin and Saunders’ friend at the time, was taken into custody and issued five warrants in relation to the incident: two counts of Aggravated Malicious Wounding, one count of the Use of a Firearm While in the Commission of a Felony, Shooting from a Vehicle, and Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle.

Today, Saunders still has two bullets in her body (one in her back and one near her kidney). She also has bullet fragments in her head. One of the bullets injured her lung, and she has shortness of breath to this day.

Monday, March 16 was an emotional day for both victims as they relived the incident while their once friend, Ty’ron Holmes received his sentencing for the attack. On the multiple charges he faced, he received 15 years active for the shooting.

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