Police now say that Wesley Franklin, the 21-year-old firefighter who died in a Sandfly area bar last week, was innocently standing in the bar when he was shot.
The investigation determined that he did not confront the shooter or interrupt a robbery in progress outside the bar, as previously reported.
The shooting took place about 2 a.m. at Deb's Pub and Grub on Norwood Avenue near Skidaway Drive. Homicide detectives are searching for a black male in his mid-20s with short to medium hair, 5-8 to 5-10, about 175 pounds with a medium complexion who was wearing a mask over the lower portion of his face.
-- A 39-year-old Savannah man is being charged in the June 2011 disappearance of Christopher Allen Mooney.
Anthony Ingram has been charged with the murder of the 52-year-old Savannah auto salesman who was reported missing from his cottage on the 200 block of East 52nd Street on June 6, 2011. Ingram was served at the Chatham County Detention Center where he was being held on other charges.
A search of his residence led police to open a missing person investigation but they continued to consider the possibility of foul play. The victim's body has not been found.
Detectives remained in close contact with the Mooney family throughout the investigation. The family issued the following statement:
"We would like to thank the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, and especially Detective Jonathan Puhala, for all of their hard work and persistence on this case. This year has been extraordinarily difficult for our family, and today's announcement helps us to achieve a small degree of closure. Chris was a special person, and we all loved him deeply, as did his many, many friends throughout Savannah and beyond. He touched many lives, and for each person there is a special loss that cannot be measured. "It is our hope that the love that Chris shared with so many can live on in each of us."
-- An early morning accident claimed the life of a Brooklet man. Mack Maye, 65, was driving a tractor trailer westbound, just after 3:30 a.m., when he lost control and drove off the roadway, rolling the truck.
The accident happened in the westbound lanes of I-16 just west of I-516. Maye was pronounced dead on the scene.
-- Marcus Donte Randolph, 21, died at Memorial University Medical Center after he was found shot in a car on East 32nd Street just east of Waters Avenue by police answering a shots fired call.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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