Metro Police seeking to identify suspect in River Street shooting

Metro Police seeking to identify suspect in River Street shooting

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is seeking to identify the suspect in a shooting that injured one man on the 600 block of West River Street, around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Officers responded to the scene to find a 24-year-old male shot outside a bar. Upon arrival, the one female and two male suspects had already fled east on River Street in a black Volkswagen with dark, tinted windows. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries for treatment.

According to reports, the incident occurred while the victim was on the job at Saddle Bags. He went outside to take out the trash and saw what appeared to be a female co-worker in a dispute with someone in the parking lot, and decided to intervene. One suspect in the group discharged a firearm and shot two rounds, striking him in his upper left arm.

The victim is expected to recover

Folks in the area say crime and drinking-related violence happens every now and then, but they say this past weekend wasn't your typical bar fight or a robbery that went wrong because these suspects didn't take or demand anything.

"I hate to say that I don't think anyone is shocked that it happened, but certainly very, very upset at all of the shootings - all of the violence all over our community," said Tourism Leadership Council President Michael Owens.

I spoke to a former Saddlebags employee who is friends with the victim. She says he is expected to be ok but she's still trying to process the whole thing.

She says it seemed almost like an ambush because the security guard was in a truck, attempting to take out the trash when a female came up to the driver-side window and attempted to punch him.

As the security guard stopped to get out of the truck, two male suspects approached him. When another Saddle Bags employee tried to intervene, one of the suspects started shooting.

I spoke to Brittany Diosalvi on the phone Monday, she says she also was running to help diffuse the situation but froze in her tracks when things took a turn for the worst.

"Once I heard the gunshots, I just freaked out because it was not called for. It was not necessary. It was scary. There was not even a reason for somebody to shoot at somebody. The guys were just trying to resolve why she was trying to fight him," said Diosalvi.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing 912.525.3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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