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SCMPD investigating Christmas Eve homicide, double shooting


Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating a double shooting on Christmas Eve that resulted in the death of one man and left one woman injured.

Michael John Polite, 38, and Angela Johnson, 44, were talking to a man in an SUV near their house in the 800 block of Elliot Street in west Savannah at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when the man in the SUV pulled out a gun and fired, striking both victims.

Both victims were transported to Memorial University Medical Center where Polite died and Johnson was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police have not released the identity of the suspect but we are learning more about the victims from neighbors in this close community.

"It's so sad someone had to die on Christmas Eve," said neighbor Elliot Grant. "It's a waste of life."

People like Grant who live on Elliot Street in Westside Savannah still can't come to terms with the fact someone was shot and killed on their street Christmas Eve.

"I don't know the reason it happened. I heard an argument and ten minutes later shots rang out," said Grant. 

Police say Polite and Johnson were talking to a man in an SUV near Johnson's home when the man in the SUV pulled out a gun and fired. Grant says Polite was shot several times in the chest and Johnson was shot in the leg.

Polite, a father of six, later died.

"He is a hard working guy. He takes care of his kids. It's a tragedy that it happened. Whoever did it, I hope they found out who did it," Grant said. 

So far police have not released the name of the suspect, but neighbors say they know who committed the crime and are hoping for an arrest.

"It's a close knit block, and it has everyone on edge," said Grant. "We have friends and family who own homes here. We are on edge, and no one has been arrested and waiting and hoping to get some closure on it."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). A confidential tip line has also been set up that is open directly to investigators that can be reached at 912.525.3124.

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