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05/20/03

Police Form Violent Crime Task Force

Dorian Orr Dorian Orr
Stephen Edward Roston Stephen Edward Roston

A rising star in the rap world has died from injuries he sustained in a shooting yesterday. Jason Johnson, also known as Camoflauge, was shot to death in broad daylight at the intersection of 37th and Florance Streets. There's a lot of talk on the streets right now that yesterday's shooting might be in retaliation for two other shootings that left two other young men dead this weekend. Savannah police won't confirm if there's a connection, but have put together a task force to hopefully get some answers.

The first of the three murders happened Friday night, when 24-year-old Felix Scott was shot to death while sitting in a white truck. Just hours later, gunfire took the life of 27-year-old Michael Grant near the corner of Wilder and Avery. And Monday afternoon, residents on Savannah's west side were shocked to learn that Johnson was shot and killed.

"All this, they just need to stop it, there's too much killing going on, too much," said resident Jennifer McLaughlin.

"We are very concerned about what has happened in the last several days in Savannah, Georgia," police spokesman Bucky Burnsed said.

Police have put together a task force of detectives, undercover officers and patrol officers to get the murders solved.

"As to what's going on right now, I'd rather not label what's going on as any kind of particular activity, other that it being violent," said Burnsed. "And we want to put a stop to it."

People who knew Camoflauge and his neighborhood are skeptical about whether it will stop.

"With all the shootings [around Johnson's] death, it's obvious we're not at the end of this process," said Rev. Leonard Small.

As for suspects, there are two men Savannah police are looking for right now. One is Dorian Orr. He is a suspect in Friday night's shooting that killed Felix Scott. The other is Stephen Edward Roston. He is wanted on an aggravated assault charge and for questioning in these murders.

If you have any information on these two men, please call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Elizabeth Garcia, egarcia@wtoc.com

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