Wednesday, July 5, 2017

UPDATED: One in custody after three dead, multiple injured in downtown shooting, auto crash

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 11:36 AM

At a little after midnight following a day of Fourth of July festivities, shots fired from a vehicle in the still-crowded City Market area injured at least three people.

A subsequent shooting injured another person.

Two people in the vehicle later died in a crash of the vehicle on Bay Street at Barnard, after police immediately began pursuing it.

One pedestrian was killed in the crash, and five other pedestrians sustained non-life threatening injuries, police reported this morning.

"Officers heard gunshots at 12:13 a.m. at intersection of Jefferson St. and W. St. Julian St. Two subjects sustained non-life threatening injuries, and one suspect is in critical but stable condition," a police spokesperson said at an 11 a.m. news conference.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say a suspect is in custody and is facing three counts of felony murder for the two deaths in the vehicle and the pedestrian death. The suspect's identity hasn't been released.

Eyewitness reports have the shooter's vehicle as a white SUV which pulled up at Julian and Jefferson Streets in the heart of the tourist/entertainment zone, at the height of the after-fireworks late night party downtown.

Police say there was a second shooting soon after,

"Officers overheard a second shooting at 12:27 a.m. near the intersection of Jefferson and Broughton Streets," said the police spokesperson, with one victim sustaining non-life threatening gunshot injuries and arriving at the hospital in a private vehicle.

Much of the crash scene on Bay Street was still blocked off several hours later, as police continued to examine the scene.

More info is expected at a news conference later this afternoon from Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin, who continues to review evidence from the incidents.





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