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02/03/04

Police Investigate Double Shooting

The scene this morning on Holly Avenue. The scene this morning on Holly Avenue.

What started out as a disagreement between neighbors turned into a double shooting on Savannah's east side this morning. It happened after 10am on Holly Avenue. Savannah-Chatham police are investigating how an altercation between three men led to two of them being rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

This typically quiet neighborhood was anything but this morning. Holly Avenue was packed with police cars and police officers combing for evidence. "What we found was two victims that have suffered from what detectives tell me are non-life-threatening injuries," said police spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

While detectives were doing their jobs, neighbors were also trying to piece together what happened. "I heard gunshots and I saw police standing around," said neighbor Kevin Cooper.

Police were called to the 1800 block of Holly Avenue where they found two brothers, Tyrone and James Cotton, suffering from gunshot wounds. The suspect, 37-year-old Aljanon Alvin, had left the scene but police found him a short distance away and took him in to custody. "We have one suspect in custody," confirmed Burnsed. "We believe him to be the only suspect at this point."

While police taped off the area, residents on Holly Avenue still couldn't believe how close this violence came to their homes. Cooper told us this was the "first time this has happened. I've never seen anything like this before."

Alvin has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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