SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah's latest teen homicide has a connection to the July 4 City Market shooting and car crash.
A 16-year-old involved in Sunday's shooting was also downtown three months ago as that City Market chaos unfolded.
Prosecutors said a Savannah teen and gang member was in court Monday because he was in a car with guns, gang members, and an uncharged ankle monitor, which violated his probation. Police also say he was shot in City Market in July.
A Savannah Chatham Metro Police report states a gold Toyota Camry arrived at Memorial Hospital around 1:20 Sunday morning. An unresponsive, black teen who was in the backseat shot and covered in blood. Police Chief Jack Lumpkin has said previously young people with guns often make rash decisions.
"A juvenile with a gun in his hand is much more dangerous than a 25 or 30-year-old with a gun in his hand," Lumpkin said.
Sixteen-year-old Jaheim Morris later died from his injuries from Sunday's shooting. The Beach High School alum Facebook page posted, 'Savannah's latest murder victim is a Beach High Bulldog,' and noted he was a 10th grader at the school.
One of the teens inside the gold Camry, who isn't being identified beacuse he is a juvenile, was in court on Monday for a probation violation. His defense attorney said an SCMPD detective testified the defendant was one of the victims shot in City Market in July. In that same testimony, he said the juvenile defendant admitted to police that he was a member of the 1100 gang.
In July, Chief Lumpkin was very clear the City Market shooting and car crash was gang-related. Jerry Chambers was the driver of the white SUV and the alleged shooter that night. He is a known gang member.
"These individuals belong to a gang named, 'Only the Mob,'" Lumpkin said. "They have been targeted and have received sanctions in the past. This is a gang that's juvenile based, which makes it much more difficult to bring permanent sanctions under Georgia law against them. It's predominantly associated with the East area of our city."
The teen's defense attorney said five people - Morris, two juveniles and two adults - were in the car on Sunday, and SCMPD investigators said they don't think it was a random shooting.
"The message is whether you're an adult or juvenile, we're going to come for you if you continue to violate the laws of the state of Georgia and our federal laws," the chief said.
The teen who was in court on Monday is scheduled for another hearing on the Sept. 28, 2017.