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Bond denied for suspected fairground shooter

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Lajuan Sloman appeared via camera before Judge Harris O'Dell for his arraignment on Thursday. Sloman faces a long list of charges, including one count of making false statements to police, one count of possession of marijuana, and eight counts of aggravated assault. One count for each victim shot at the fairground the night of Nov. 3.

Investigators say Sloman was already on probation for a felony violation. Judge O'Dell denied Sloman bond after prosecutors testified he deliberately shot into a crowd and has been on the run from Savannah-Chatham Metro Police since the shooting.

But the father of one victim isn't satisfied that Sloman and the rest of the suspects are in jail. Interestingly enough, Pastor Eric Mason hopes to help these young men while they're behind bars.

"Everybody keeps saying lock them up and keep them in jail. But that's not the answer," explained Mason. "The answer is we need to get these guys, find out what their problems are, and we need to do everything we can to help them to understand that life is more important and valuable then going around and taking advantage of other people."

Mason's son Marquis was shot three times that night at the fairgrounds. Bullets pierced his lungs, pancreas and liver. Amazingly, Marquis survived.

Immediately after the shooting, Mason formed a community group called Stop the Violence. He said just because all the suspects have been captured, it doesn't mean their work is over.

"Safety for our community is more important than anything," Mason explained. "I think every child, individual and adult should have the ability to be free to go places without having to look over their shoulder because someone has not taken the lives of other people into consideration."

Mason said Stop the Violence continues to work closely with Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson and the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department.

Meanwhile, Lajuan Sloman and the other suspects will have another day in court for their preliminary hearings. Sloman's is set for Jan. 9.

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