Savannah Police investigate fatal East Savannah shooting

Savannah Police investigate fatal East Savannah shooting

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Police are continuing to investigate a fatal shooting Saturday night in East Savannah.

This is the third fatal shooting of the month. This one happened somewhere near the intersection of Treat Avenue and Iowa Street.

Savannah Police say someone drove 23-year old Stefon Wright to Memorial Health for treatment after he was shot. He later died from his injuries.

Investigators believe he was shot somewhere near this intersection of Iowa Street and Treat Avenue in East Savannah, but police are still looking into what led to the shooting.

Three of Savannah’s 27 homicides have happened in East Savannah this year.

And 2018 homicides have almost reached last year's number of 28.

A sobering reminder of Savannah's gun violence is on display at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church on East Henry Street in Savannah.

For the past three and a half years, the congregation has tied an orange ribbon for each shooting death in the City, a tradition that started in the weeks following the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

There are three ribbons that represent shooting victims younger than 18-years old, those are the lighter shade of orange.

The earliest was 12-year old John Cooksey, shot to death while attending a funeral in February.

In October, 17-year old Shyree Smalls died from gunshot wounds, and last month, 9-year old Gabriel Early was accidentally shot and killed by a family member on West 35th.

The sign in front of the church calls for those looking on to pray for the friends and family of the victims, policy makers to create common sense gun laws and for prayer for a more peaceful world. Many hope those prayers will one day be answered.

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