101-year-old woman shot in stable condition

Kevin D. McCray
Kevin D. McCray
Steven L. Taggart
Steven L. Taggart

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Caught in a gun fight in Southside, a 101-year-old woman continues to improve from being shot.

Police said Naomi Taggart was accidentally shot late Saturday when her own grandsons got into an argument.  She is now listed in stable condition at VCU Medical Center.

Police believe Steven Taggart, 28, and his brother, Kevin McCray, 36, got into a fight over money and pulled guns on each other late Saturday night at Naomi Taggert's home on East 20th Street.

According to court documents, 14 shell casings were recovered from the home

Taggart was shot in the neck.

Lt. Emmett Williams says, "The extent of her age and the type of injury that she had she was in very critical shape."

An empty chair magnifies the hole in the hearts of many in that south Richmond neighborhood.

It was Naomi Taggart's usual spot. "I call her grandma. She's my grandma too," said Larry Godsey, a long-time family friend. "She means a dag gone lot to me."

She's not just the matriarch of her family, she's the heart and soul of her struggling neighborhood.

"It's very very disturbing and it's just tearing everybody apart because the lady is 101 years old. And it just make no sense for two grandsons to get to arguing like that," said Godsey.

Steven Taggart is in custody on an outstanding warrant for assaulting a family member. McCray is still on the run.

Family members say the pair are the brothers of former University of Memphis star basketball player Shawn Taggart.

Rachel DePompa ran into Shawn Taggert Monday morning at the family house. He was very distraught. He even sports a Naomi tattoo across his neck. He rushed here from Florida just to make sure his grandmother was going to be ok.

"It just make no sense -- 101, and then get to that age and then get shot. She made it through all these years," said Godsey.

Police are still looking for Kevin McCray. If you have any information call crime stoppers at 780-1000.

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