Police acknowledge that “information being provided on the shooting death of an 18–year–old high school student found on East 54th Street in April has decreased” and they are hoping the public can provide more.
The focus is on a two–hour period before Donte Cleophus Swan, 18, of the 100 block of Heritage Way, was found dead in the street between Bull and Abercorn at 8:20 p.m. April 19.
Swan had left his father’s window tinting and stereo shop on East Derenne Avenue about two hours before in his blue 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The car was found abandoned with the stereo and lights on at Maupus and Harmon streets a few minutes after the shooting.
Detectives think“ the whereabouts of the car in those two hours could be instrumental in tying together other bits of information that have been uncovered” and are hoping the public will help.
“The car was painted a distinctive shade of blue,” said Capt. Dean Fagerstrom of the SCMPD Violent Crimes Division. “It was located so quickly after the shooting because someone who recognized it as belonging to the victim called to report its location. It could be very helpful to us to know where it was before the shooting.”
Residents on 54th Street reported hearing shots and two vehicles speeding away. Police suspect the area where the body was found had no relation to the crime itself. They feel “the victim and shooter were passing through when the shooting occurred.”
The Ardsley Park Chatham Crescent Neighborhood Association has provided additional reward money to that already offered by Crimestoppers for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. Anyone with info is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234–2020 or text CRIMES (274637).
• One man is in custody following an operation by the Chatham–Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT). Agents working undercover learned of a suspected shipment of marijuana coming to Savannah through the mail. In partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Chatham County Sheriff’s K–9 Unit, they intercepted the package on arrival. Agents found more than 20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $40,000.
The package was then delivered to the addressed business located on the Westside. CNT arrested 35–year–old Terry Lavan McCoy of Savannah. McCoy was charged with Trafficking Marijuana and Obstruction.
• A 51–year–old woman has been charged with aggravated assault after shooting her former boyfriend.
Terry Brown of the 100 block of Seabring Place was arrested at the Chatham Apartments on the 600 block of Abercorn Street just after the 1:15 a.m shooting.
Charlie Williams, 59, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with a bullet wound through his lower body and was scheduled to undergo surgery for the wound. He said he was in bed when Brown, with whom he had just ended a relationship, came into his room and shot him. Brown was present at the apartment and a handgun believed used in the shooting was found in a closet.