Incidents appearing to target Yusuf Shabazz are "linked," police say

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Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating three apparent criminal incidents that appear to be linked.

"On November 25 at 6:22 p.m. officers responded to the Shabazz Seafood Restaurant at Victory Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. ShotSpotter and citizens reported gunshots in the area," police say.

"Two victims described a white male, with a beard, and a tattoo on his forehead, driving a black Camaro as the offender. This male pointed a pistol at the victims and fired several rounds. Shell casings were found in the area. No one was struck by the bullets and there was no visible damage to any of the surrounding structures. The owner of the restaurant, Chatham County Commissioner Yusef Shabazz, was on the premise at the time of the gunfire," police say.

"On November 26, at 11:30 p.m. officers responded to a residence in Georgetown on a report of damage to property. This residence is the home of one of the victims from the shots fired call at Shabazz Seafood. The mailbox to the residence in Georgetown was damaged and a threatening note left inside. Detectives and forensics responded and the investigation into this incident continues," police say.

"On November 27, at 12:15 a.m. SCMPD and Savannah Fire and Emergency Services (SFES) responded to a structure fire on the 2600 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. SFES extinguished the blaze. The building sustained significant structural damage. Police, fire investigators and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working to determine whether arson is the cause of this fire. This building is a church and owned by Yusef Shabazz. There were no injuries reported from this fire," police say.

Investigators are looking for a male subject seen in the area when the fire started. The male, whose race is undetermined at this time, is described as having a fair complexion, standing about 5'10" and weighing roughly 180 pounds. He wore all black clothing and a covering over his head and face. The subject was last seen heading toward Burroughs Street from the lane behind the church.

Anyone with information regarding any of these cases should call CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential tip line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.


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