Columbus teen charged in vacuum cleaner shooting

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Thirty-one-year-old Raymond Cason Nowell says a bullet is still lodged in his liver after he was shot in an attempted robbery over a vacuum.

In Columbus Recorder's Court Thursday, Nowell identified 19-year-old Eric Abdo as the man who shot him back in October. The teen plead not guilty in the case.

Police say Abdo met Nowell, a local vacuum cleaner salesman, in the North Highland section of the city and tried to lure him to another location, saying his parents might one to buy from him.

Near 38th Street and 2nd Avenue, they stopped and police say Abdo demanded one of Nowell's $1500 Kirby vacuums.

When Nowell fought back, detectives say Abdo shot him in his car. The bullet went thru Nowell's left arm and into his side.

Ever since the shooting, investigators say Abdo has been in hiding until police got a tip on his location He was caught in North Highland this week.

As the victim, he is counting his blessings and realizes things could have been a lot worse.

"I just thank God I'm alive and able to talk to you all right now. It's unfortunate that it happened but I'm going to let everything turn out in court, let the wheels of justice go and do as they must I guess," Nowell said outside of court.

A Recorder's Court judge found probable cause in the case and bound it over to Muscogee County Superior Court.

She granted Eric Abdo a $25,000 bond- that's about the same amount of money the victim says he has in medical bills after the shooting.

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