Friday, May 3, 2013
Detectives are seeking witnesses to a confrontation on West Broughton Street early this morning that left two victims with gunshot wounds.
Vaughn Cornelia, 20, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center and taken to surgery. Mamie Smith, 20, was transported to the same hospital by private automobile with a non-life threatening wound.
As many as 100 people were present near Broughton and Jefferson streets as the confrontation took place just before 3 a.m.
A Savannah-Chatham Police officer was near the intersection when several shots were fired and he moved into the large crowd to find Cornelia being placed in a car. "He advised that an ambulance was in route and began first aid for Cornelia as other officers tended to the unruly crowd and secured the scene," according to police.
Gunfire also broke windows of two businesses and additional officers were assigned to the hospital, "where several bystanders announced they would follow victims." No issues were reported there.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.