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Fair shootings may be gang retaliation

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Crawford, Sibert (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office) Crawford, Sibert (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)
Top: Sloman, Sibert, Thacker. Bottom: Butler, Crawford, German. (Source: SCMPD) Top: Sloman, Sibert, Thacker. Bottom: Butler, Crawford, German. (Source: SCMPD)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

On Wednesday, Jeffrey Crawford and Shawn Sibert appeared separately via video camera before Judge Harris O'Dell. The men face charges in the Coastal Empire Fair shooting.

Crawford was charged with making false statements to police. Sibert faces that same charge, plus eight counts of aggravated assault. One charge for each victim hit in the gunfire exchange between Sibert and LaJuan Sloman. This isn't the first time Sibert's seen the inside of the Chatham County Jail.

According to prosecutors, back in 2010, Sibert served one year behind bars for armed robbery and making terroristic threats.

Judge O'Dell denied Sibert bond for his role in the fair shooting. He's scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 11.

There is also a new twist in the case. Detectives are investigating whether the fairground shootings are in retaliation for the death of Tiyates Franklin, 19. Franklin was shot and killed near the Abercorn St. Ramp on River St. during Labor Day weekend.

Detectives believe Crawford and Sibert are from rival gangs, but that too is still under investigation.

It was made very clear on Wednesday that Crawford and Sibert are not friends. During the arraignments, they were each kept in separate rooms. The hearing was even halted for a few minutes so neither man would pass each other in the hallways of the jail.

There are three remaining suspects wanted in connection to the fair shooting that are still on the run. Terrance Thacker Jr. and Ephraim German are both wanted for lying to police.

Sloman is also still at large. Police say he was one of the shooters in the incident.

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