Monday, June 1, 2015

Edgemere/Sackville shooting victims 'well-known' to police

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Detectives are investigating the shooting of two men in the Edgemere/Sackville neighborhood Friday "as well as illegal activities that are suspected of contributing to it," police say.

Patrol officers from the Islands Precinct of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department arrived on the 1100 block of East 59th Street "to find one victim in the yard and a second who had been pulled into the house after the noon shooting," police say.

Ricky Tyrone Craig, 21, who lives in the house, and Dominique Leonard Dillard, 28, who was found in the yard, were transported for treatment of serious injuries.

"A woman driving through the intersection of 59th and Guatemala streets escaped injury when an errant shot struck her car," police say.

Both victims are well-known to Metro Police: Dillard has been arrested eight times since 2004 and Craig has been arrested six times since 2013. Both have past arrests for probation violations and drug charges.

“Clearly, behavior in the house and by participants led to endangerment of the entire neighborhood,” said Metro Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. “School is out, so children were playing on nearby lawns; residents were in their yards and on their porches; and innocent potential victims were driving by.

“Indiscriminate shooting such as this is taking place nationwide and it is going to take community-wide efforts to stop them. Dozens of people were on scene when police arrived. Many have not come forward to help solve this crime. That’s what it will take to show perpetrators of these senseless shootings that this neighborhood is not going to stand for it.”
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