Police are investigating the shooting of seven people at the Coastal Empire Fairgrounds Saturday night.
All of the victims were transported either by ambulance or private automobile to Savannah hospitals. One victim underwent surgery and was listed in fair condition. No injury was described as life-threatening.
Metro officers assigned to the fair had just dispelled an “apparently unrelated” fight near the rides when shots were fired about 10:40 p.m.
Police searched for a gunman wearing a dark jumpsuit. Numerous subjects were detained and interviewed by Violent Crimes detectives. All have been released.
Other attendees were allowed to begin leaving by about 11:15 p.m.
Listed as injured were Jamiende Johnson, 19, Keonna Roberson, 14, Deshawn King, 16, Diqwanie Butler, 18, Keyona Haward, 17, Jeffery Crawford, 18, and Tamika Williams, 36. Police are continuing to search for the shooter and working to confirm a motive.
In a press conference the following Monday, Mayor Edna Jackson said:
“To our teenagers, it is time to get real. Carrying a gun does not protect you, it does not get you respect, and it certainly does not make you tough. Carrying a gun only guarantees you a trip to one of three places: the hospital, prison, or the grave.
“To our parents, it is time to wake up. Do you know who your children are hanging out with? Do you know where they are at night? You must be able to answer these questions. Talk to your kids. If you see them headed toward trouble, you must intervene. This is not an easy job, but it’s the one you signed up for. You are not allowed to shrug your shoulders and look the other way. They are your responsibility.”
Anyone with information on the shootings or possible participants is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip.
•A subject is sought in the Labor Day weekend Henry Street double murder.
Metro Police homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating 30–year–old Sidney Grant. He currently is wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for probation violation and is also wanted for questioning in the Sept. 1 shooting deaths of Emily Pickels and Michael Biancasino.
Anyone with info is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234–2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Include “CStop2020” plus the tip.
• Police hope that engraved “City of Savannah” tags on several pieces of equipment will help lead to the arrest of those who entered a lot and broke into City trucks one night last week.
City employees arrived last Friday morning to find three trucks broken into and a hedger and several chain saws removed. All of the items had “City of Savannah” engraved on them.
• Police are investigating a woman’s death as suspicious, and seek the public’s assistance Just after 6 p.m., October 31, police were summoned to Bradley Point Apartments after receiving a call about a deceased person. Melithia Singleton, 36, was found dead. Investigators ask for the public’s assistance in locating Singleton’s vehicle that was missing from her home, a black 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, GA tag BYB9395.
Police have located Thomas Montrell Jackson, 43, for questioning.