News 12 First at Five / Monday, March 11, 2013
FAIRFAX, S.C. (WRDW) -- Just a couple weeks ago, Fenny Potts' life was changed forever.
"First, he asked me for a cigarette. When he asked me for a cigarette, he was reaching in his pocket like he was getting a lighter, but he ended up pulling out a gun,” says Potts of his attacker, who was an acquaintance of the Allendale County man.
A Fairfax Police Department report says the gunman shot and almost killed 23-year-old Potts for pocket change. Officers found his body behind the Garden Apartments on Charleston Avenue.
"Yeah, I took a flight to MCG hospital from Fairfax hospital,” Potts said.
The father of five now finds himself in a difficult situation.
"I got bruised ribs. The bullet is still in my chest. You know, I have pains throughout the day and night,” he said.
Potts is now permanently paralyzed from his navel down. He's now confined to a wheelchair and still has to find a way to get up the stairs into his mobile home. The electrician will also have to find another way to support his family and to pay for expensive medication and physical therapy.
"He was released from the hospital without much assistance as far as medicine and as far as any at-home care,” said Jasmine Owners, Potts’ cousin.
The towns of Allendale and Fairfax are already helping. You'll find donation jars donned with an image of Potts in a hospital gown at a lot of restaurants and gas stations.
"They helping, you know, but I still need more help," he said. “It's hard, you know."
Constant pain and tears will now be a part of his life, but Potts says he's just lucky to be alive.
"God was by my side,” Potts said. “Because I could have been somewhere else right now instead of talking to you guys."
Chief Marvin Williams of the Fairfax Police Department told News 12 that it's a terrible situation for the victim. He says the shooter, 21-year-old Demetrius Green of Fairfax, has been locked up and charged with attempted murder.
The family is holding a fish fry in Allendale this Saturday next to Subway to raise money. It's at the Townsmen's Club from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you'd like to donate or help, you can also call his family at (803) 521-7159 or (803) 664-6139.