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05/21/03

Police Confirm Shootings Related

Arrested but not charged: Antonio Emanuel Griffin Arrested but not charged: Antonio Emanuel Griffin
Arrested but not charged: John Lee Robinson Arrested but not charged: John Lee Robinson
Wanted: Dorian Orr Wanted: Dorian Orr
Wanted: Stephen Edward Roston Wanted: Stephen Edward Roston

It was another night of violence on Savannah's streets last night as another person was shot to death, the latest in a string of attacks police now say are all connected. Police were called to Mosely and Long Streets, where they found 32-year-old Everette Simmons dead in a vehicle that careened onto a front lawn. Simmons died of a single gunshot wound. Just minutes later, officers witnessed weapons being thrown out of a red Camero.

After a short pursuit, officers arrested 22-year-old Antonio Emanuel Griffin, Jr and 20-year-old John Lee Robinson. Police believe they have a connection to the Simmons shooting, but they have not yet been charged with it.

Savannah police are working hard to solve these murders. Of course, the big question up until this point had been whether or not all four shootings are somehow connected. This afternoon, police did confirm all four recent shootings are related, but they're not releasing much detail at this time for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

"There's nothing random about the shootings," Maj. Willie Lovett of SPD said. "The people that have been killed were targets."

Lovett was not willing to discuss the nature of the connection, nor discuss suspects other than those for which warrants have been issued, Dorian Orr and Stephen Edward Roston. When asked if this is all gang related, Maj. Lovett simply responded, "I'd rather not get into that at this point."

While police were not willing to talk about that aspect of the case, Mayor Floyd Adams of Savannah told WTOC that these shooting have been perpetrated by rival gangs. Police say they are patrolling certain areas.

"We have several areas of the city that we're looking at, simply because we know where these groups hang out," said Maj. Lovett.

Out on the streets, there is a new police task force organized to stop this violence specifically.

"If our efforts pay off, we hope this will end very shortly," said Maj. Lovett.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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