11:15am update - Police held a brief press conference with more details on the deadly violence that transpired last night in downtown Savannah. Apparently, there were 2 shootings and the chase. Two of the dead were in the suspect's vehicle. A total of 9 other people were injured in the shootings and crash.
SCMPD NEWS RELEASE:
Suspect in Custody for Downtown Shooting, Crash
SAVANNAH, GA (July 5, 2017) – Presently, SCMPD is continuing the investigation of two early morning hour shootings. SCMPD had an increased officer presence in the downtown area, working the festival. Officers heard gun shots at 12:13 a.m. near the intersection of Jefferson Street and West St. Julian Street. Two subjects sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and one subject is in critical but stable condition.
Officers broadcast a vehicle description of the perpetrator’s vehicle. That vehicle crashed at the intersection of Bay Street and Barnard Street, after a police pursuit. As a result of the crash, one pedestrian was killed and five other pedestrians sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Two people in the perpetrator’s car were killed in the crash.
For transparency purposes, the Georgia State Patrol was requested to investigate the crash. SCMPD has one person in custody for the shooting that occurred at Jefferson and West St. Julian Street, as well as for the vehicle crash at Bay and Barnard. That individual will be charged with three counts of felony murder, and other related charges.
Officer overheard a second shooting, which occurred at 12:27 a.m., near the intersection of Jefferson Street and Broughton Street. One person sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators are actively investigating these violent crimes, and are continuing to interview witnesses of both shootings.
Chief Lumpkin will be holding a news conference this afternoon. Right now, the Chief is reviewing the reports and video involved in last night’s incident.
10am UPDATE: The Savannah Morning News is reporting that police have one person in custody who will be charged with three counts of felony murder.
Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police say 4 people were shot in City Market last night and then 3 people died as the result of a follow-up police chase. Witnesses say shots were fired from a white SUV, which then crashed while running from police. One witness says at least one of the dead may have been an innocent bystander pushing two women to safety. Police have not confirmed that report.
Anyone with information can call 911. A confidential tip line is also open directly to investigators at 912-525-3124.
Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020. CrimeStoppers tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
Police tell us there will be news conference sometime today to address what happened. Stay with us for the latest developments.
Meanwhile, a downtown restaurant has identified one of the victim's of last night's violence as one of their own.