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05/30/03

Task Force Investigates Shooting

Early this morning, someone shot a man to death outside a local fast food restaurant. Is this latest murder related to the recent rash of killings in Savannah? Police are not saying much at this point, but they do tell us this latest homicide could very well be related to the other four murders that took place less than two weeks ago.

"The detectives indicated this to me that it certainly is a possibility, but they're working very, very hard," said police spokesman Bucky Burnsed. "The task force is out there in force today, they were out there last night and they're trying to run down those questions and answer the best they can."

This man was gunned down after prayer vigils and pleas for peace from victims' families.

"Don't revenge, don't go out there saying you are revenging, saying you are doing something to revenge for my grandson," said Bessie Green, whose grandson was shot on May 19. "My grandson wouldn't want this violence. He died praying."

Charles L. Jones, who was known on the street as Li'l Mike Tyson, is the latest victim. What police are trying to determine is if there is a link between him and any of the other recent victims. This rash of deadly shootings started two weeks ago when Felix Scott was shot while sitting inside his pickup truck.

Just hours after his murder Michael Grant was shot and killed in the Fred Wessles Homes community. A day later, 21-year-old Jason Johnson, who was best known as the rapper Camoflauge, was gunned down outside his recording studio while holding his son.

Those killings didn't end until after Everett Simmons was shot to death inside of his car. Four men murdered in less than a week. Now Charles Jones could be the fifth man added to that list.

"They are developing good evidence, they're making good progress and we feel very good about the progress that the task force is making at this point," said Burnsed.

Police are not saying if they have any new suspects or if they're close to making any arrests. They do say that they are continuing to move forward in their investigation. If you have any information about this shooting, please call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020 or call police. Remember you can remain anonymous.

This is the 11th homicide in Savannah this year.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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