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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