UPDATE: Shot Groom Ties Knot

Better late than never.

A man shot in a home invasion robbery the night before his wedding got hitched Saturday afternoon.

Leonardo Jones was visibly in pain from the gun shot wound he received on Thursday when armed gunmen tried to rob him and his best man. In a scuffle with one of the gunmen, Jones was shot in the ribs.

Thursday afternoon - a day later than originally planned - friends and family watched him and his bride, Merlee Avery, exchange vows. Jones stood with the help of a walker.

Avery says she feels extremely lucky her new husband survived the assault and was grateful the wedding could go on.

"Everyone initially decided that we should postpone it, they didn't say how long, but if we could do it if at all possible, let's do it. Everybody is ready," said best man Darrell Horton.

Jones says there is nothing that could have stopped this wedding from taking place today.

"I was going to do it one way or the other either at the hospital or on the bed i had every intention of going through with it because this is what i wanted, this is what we wanted and we love each other, we set the date and we're going to go through with it," said Jones.

No arrests have been made in the shooting. Authorities are looking for three men who were wearing ski masks and fled from the mobile home park on Wilmington Highway in a white vehicle with tinted windows and chrome rims.

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Family members say a man will be okay after he was shot on the night before his wedding.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened just before 11:00 p.m. at the Verona Oaks Village Mobile Home Park on Wilmington Highway.

A witness says a masked gunman broke through the front door and demanded money. In a scuffle with the suspect, the gun went off and the resident was shot in the stomach.

The witness says two other masked man came in and then all three fled. Lawmen are looking for a white in color vehicle, with tinted windows and chrome rims.

A relative says the victim was supposed to get married today.

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  • by Matt Tillman Location: Jacksonville on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    Intestinal fortitude on the part of the groom and the best man kept a bad situation from getting worse; they defended the home and themselves and should be commended. Congratulations to the bride and groom.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Glad the guy is getting better and congrats to them on their wedding!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    Best wishes goes out to the bride and groom glad you see the best out of this whole thing.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    Getting married the next day... they was doing you a favor
  • by Sarah on Aug 21, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    Don't ever wish bad on anyone. It has a way of coming back to your "back" door. I am not use to it, I am too old I guess, but I don't wish them any bad luck.
  • by smh Location: greenville on Aug 21, 2011 at 12:27 AM
    God works in mysterious ways doesn't he? Just when the devil tried to make things too bad for him to get married God stepped in and made a way for him to get married anyway. Many blessings to the bride and groom!
  • by Concerned Location: Choco on Aug 20, 2011 at 11:06 PM
    God bless this man and his family. He is a strong individual. And i suggest to the smart remarks about where he lives to be kept to yourselves. Some people have no heart at all. He may not live in the best neighborhood but atleast he is trying to live a happy life.
  • by Micael Location: Vanceboro on Aug 20, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    The best wedding gift for them would be two pistols and a pair of gift certificates for concealed carry permits. Thank God he is alive.
  • by Hates Idiots Location: Grifton on Aug 20, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    A man is shot and almost all of the 11 comments are senseless attempts at humor instead of concern or well wishes. We wonder why our society is in the shape it's in. The 10 idiots that failed at being comedians are not the only heartless people in the world that need to forget how to breathe. God bless the man and the family that was probably scared to death.
  • by lulzsec Location: universe on Aug 19, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    must have been one heck of a bachelor part
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