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Rainsville shooting victim paralyzed from chest down

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Josh Nance is paralyzed from the chest down from the bullet that is lodged in his back. Josh Nance is paralyzed from the chest down from the bullet that is lodged in his back.
Matthew Whitt has a bullet stuck in a rib. Matthew Whitt has a bullet stuck in a rib.
RAINSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The investigation continues into the shooting of two store employees at Fred's in Rainsville.

Rainsville Police and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department are still searching for the gunman who opened fire on them in an attempted robbery Friday.

One victim, who had only been working at Fred's for about five months, is now paralyzed from the chest down, and the other is battling to regain full use of his legs.

25-year-old Josh Nance can still give a thumbs up from his hospital bed, even with a bullet lodged in his spine that paralyzed him from the chest down.

Two doors down, 39-year-old Matthew Whitt lies with a bullet stuck in a rib, which has taken away the feeling in right leg.

Police said as Josh locked up a gunman approached the door and tried to open it. Josh told the man that the store was closed. Moments later, the man opened fire, shooting through the glass door, hitting Josh and Matthew in the back.

The two were airlifted to Huntsville Hospital.

Their families have been at their bedside ever since.

"What he has done to those two boys is just senseless," said Barbara Nance, Josh's mother.

"He's injured for life and Matthew may never walk again, right," said Billy Whitt, Matthew's father.

Both families are confident DeKalb deputies and Rainsville Police will find the gunman.

Officers said they're reviewing surveillance video for clues and have interviewed almost a dozen persons of interest.

"This guy, if he is willing to shoot two young men and shoot them in the back, he'll do it again," said Billy.

"It's terrible, it's a tragedy. It's just something you never think is going to happen in a little town like Rainsville," said Barbara.

Both families want to thank the community for their support and all the prayers.

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