June 1, 1998. Alana Franklin, 11, is visiting her sister and her
nephew, Jahan K. Rimes, in Silver Springs, Florida. A gunman breaks
into the first-floor apartment and shoots Jahan's mother and two
other relatives. After the assailant pursues the mother into the
bedroom, Alana flees to summon help, and then returns to the apartment,
knowing that Jahan is in his bedroom and in immediate danger. She
breaks open the window next to Jahan's bedroom, brushing the blinds
aside. Though the gunman stands in the doorway, just facing away
from the child, Alana partially enters Jahan's room, and pulls the
boy out of his bed and through the window. She and Jahan run for
safety. The assailant realizes too late that they are escaping,
and fires at them from the window, narrowly missing both children.
Police arrive, and arrest him after a four-hour standoff.