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Big break in the Ardsley Park double shooting

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A big break in the Ardsley Park double shooting. This afternoon police arrested one man and they are actively searching for a second. Ashamir Johnson is behind bars charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery. Police are still looking Desmond Hunter, they said he is armed and dangerous.

Jason Statts and Dave Williams were both shot in the neck early last Saturday on East 48th Street near Paulsen St. Statts doesn't have feeling in his legs, Williams cannot speak. See Victim's family speaks out about double shooting.

Savannah-Chatham police chief Michael Berkow credits the community. "I need to make it clear that this is one of those cases that we would've have great difficulty solving without key information from the public," he said. 

Police now say the motive was robbery. Lead investigator Hirem Rivera has been in constant contact with the victim's families and told them about the break in the case. "Of course they were emotional and ecstatic that we got one of the two off the street," said Rivera. "Of course there's always some hesitation that there's still another armed gunman on the street but it won't be long before we get him off the street."

Police say that armed gunman is Desmond Hunter.

Williams' sister Kat Briley has been at the hospital all day, every day, since the shooting. "At this point all that Dave and Jason have been through, at the very least they deserve some closure of somebody being found and punished for this," she said.

This case has deeply effected folks who live along East 48th Street. Denise Grabowski and her family live just a few doors down from where the shooting happened. "There hasn't been a moment that has gone by that I haven't thought about it," she said.

A neighbor told her about the new developments. "It was good to hear," she said. "Obviously it's a bigger problem than that, it would be good to hear that the whole problem was addressed."

Chief Berkow talked about that very issue. "We want the message to go out in this community, you better not carry a gun illegally cause we are going to get you," he said.

Neighbors like the Grabowskis can again feel safe.

Police are looking for Desmond Hunter, his last known address is 912 East 39th Street. If you have any information about where Hunter is call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

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