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07/15/05

Police Investigate Rash of Savannah Shootings

It's been violent week in Savannah, with eight people shot since Sunday. The latest was yesterday afternoon at a house on South Williamsburg Road.

Around 4pm, someone shot 15-year-old Thuron Elliot in the chest and cut or stabbed Sam Johnson. Police found marijuana at the scene and think it was drug related. They're still looking for suspects.

Both Elliot and Johnson were taken to Memorial Health.

We spoke with police about this rash of violent crime. They don't think the incidents are related. However, they do say at least six of them appear to involve drugs.

No one wants to see crime scene tape go up in their neighborhood, especially when a 15-year-old is shot.

"I was taken aback when I heard," said neighbor Debra Lewis. "It was so emotional to me because it was a child and I have children of my own."

She never thought she would see something like this in her neighborhood, where it's usually quiet. "Mostly retirees," she said. "There are only three young couples who live in this area. Mostly elderly retirees. It's a good neighborhood."

But what's happening has had police on the run all this week.

On Sunday, three people were shot in a white Toyota Corolla on 38th and Waters. Police found crack near the car. Monday, there was another shooting at the corner of Eagle and Golden Streets. One man was shot in the leg after he and two others got into an argument. Tuesday, it was a deadly double shooting on East 64th Street. The victims were Quintrell Daniels, 34, and Dawan Johnson, 28. Police found a large amount of cocaine and cash near the scene.

Officers are out in full force, but even with a relatively good relationship with the community, some crimes are difficult to stop.

"It's exceptionally hard to police when someone's going to shoot someone else," said Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

But with cooperation comes success. Wednesday night, a man was shot several times on Rockefeller Street. He was able to tell police who shot him. Moments later, an officer spotted the suspect's car heading for the Talmadge Bridge and radioed to officers on the South Carolina side, who blocked the road and made an arrest.

It was also a tip that led to the arrest of a suspect in the serial rapist case.

If you have any information about any of these shootings, call police or CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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