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Posted on Sat, Dec. 25, 2004

'If I was going to die, I wanted to make it home to Mama's'


Fort Valley shooting victim tells of his ordeal

[size=-1]By Liz Fabian[/size]

[size=-1]Telegraph Staff Writer[/size]


When a Fort Valley man with a bullet hole in his head walked nearly two miles this week, he was determined to reach his destination.

Larry Taylor was headed to his mother's home.

"If I was going to die, I wanted to make it home to Mama's and die there," Taylor, 37, said Christmas Eve while recuperating at his sister's house.

Taylor's mom no longer lives in the abandoned house to which he was heading. A nursing home is where she spends her days and nights. But today, she'll gather with her son and the rest of her family to celebrate.

"We're all going to meet at the (sister's) family house and enjoy each other," said Taylor's cousin, Barbara Jones. "We'll share stories of good times and bad."

When she heard Taylor was shot, she just knew he was going to die, she said.

Taylor was walking to a friend's house Monday at about 9 p.m. when a man approached on Pine Street and asked to use Taylor's cell phone, he said.

"I said, 'No,' then he said he would take the phone," Taylor recounted. "I said, 'No,' then he pulled out the gun and shot me in the head. I didn't even know I was hit until I felt the blood coming down my face."

Fort Valley police arrested Sammy Williams, 27, Thursday morning and charged him with aggravated assault and armed robbery, Lt. Lawrence Spurgeon said Thursday.

"I don't know why he's charged with aggravated assault when he tried to kill me. But I haven't talked with police," said Taylor, who was released from The Medical Center of Central Georgia on Thursday.

Attempts to reach Spurgeon were unsuccessful Friday.

Police said Taylor walked about an hour and a half when he came to a closed convenience store. He couldn't make it any farther, and used the pay phone to call police, Taylor said.

His aching head remains swollen, he said. A bullet wound over his left eye leads to the exit wound over his left ear, he said.

"A half of a half of an inch lower and I would have been dead," Taylor said.

His cousin said the doctors have warned there could be side effects of the injury.

"He really has to be careful because his life is different, because he can have seizures now," Jones said.

But Taylor said he can laugh about it now and considers the shooting an isolated holiday crime. "It always happens. People get robbed this close to Christmas. They don't want to spend their money to get stuff," he said.

He's really looking forward to spending time with his mother and others he loves. "I'm still getting visitors and phone calls and everything and thanking God."

To contact Liz Fabian, call 744-4303 or e-mail [email protected].
 

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I remember a story that Paul Harvey told about:

A man was driving one day when something hit and broke his windshield. He noticed a cut over his eye and bandaged it until it healed. A few years later he started having headaches and went to the doctor. After running tests they found the problem. So when they removed a 357 bullet that was stuck over his eye, the headaches stopped.

The man had assumed that a peice of glass cut his eye and never dreamed it was a bullet.
 

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There was a story on one of those Rescue 911 shows or something years ago. A female police officer got in a scuffle with an armed suspect and he shot her in the bridge of the nose. The bullet is lodged permanently between the lobes of her brain. It did no damage other than some bleeding. I think she ending up firing back and killed the guy too.

I remember another storry about a person who tried to commit suicide as well and shot themselves several times in the head with a .45. Their spouse found them still able to talk, but they died later.

It's amazing what the human body can take.
 

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The guy may have been a Republican. They function pretty well without brains.
 

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Dzerzhinsky said:
The guy may have been a Republican. They function pretty well without brains.
Smeg..........quit smoking those joints. :nono: :)
 

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DorGunR said:
Smeg..........quit smoking those joints. :nono: :)
Why? Injecting them is too difficult.
 
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