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Savannah man charged in shootout

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Raheem Saamad Hicks (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office) Raheem Saamad Hicks (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)

One of the three victims in the July 24, 2012 shootout that left one man dead in east Savannah has been arrested and charged with offenses related to the shooting and other crimes.

On Friday, Raheem Saamad Hicks, 23, of an East 39th Street address, was arrested by federal marshals from the South East Regional Firearms Task Force, Metro violent crimes detectives and Crime Suppression Unit officers and canine officers.

Hicks has been charged with possession of a firearm by in commission of a crime, terroristic threats and acts and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon stemming from the shooting. He is also facing four other unrelated felony warrants for robbery, possession of illegal substances with intent to distribute and two counts of burglary.

Hicks was driving a white Hyundai Sonata that crashed into a house on Sebring Lane after a shootout took place across a grassy courtyard in the 200 block of South Avalon Drive that night. He had stopped in front of a house and became involved in an altercation with at least one other man.

In the shootout, Hicks and Richard Antonio Jiles, now 25, a passenger in the car, were struck by gunfire and the car traveled across the lawn to the house. Hicks was taken by a neighbor to Memorial University Medical Center and Jiles was transported by ambulance.

Soon after, the body of Rasheed Johnson was found by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police behind a nearby house on Avalon where he had collapsed after the shooting. Johnson was declared dead at the scene.

Authorities located one gun under Johnson's body, another on the front seat of the car and a third in the grassy lawn.

The investigation revealed that the shooting occurred due to an ongoing dispute between Johnson and Hicks. 

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