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09/26/06

Police: Drug Dealers "Can Look to Be Shut Down"

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Savannah-Chatham police are making bold steps to catch a suspect in one of yesterday's shootings. Police announced they have hand picked a group of investigators to catch Jawaun Lee.

Lee is one of the suspects accused in the shooting at Henry and Waters Streets yesterday. Police say Lee and Marquis Young stole an SUV, and then shot at another car at that intersection. An innocent bystander there was shot in the head.

See Timeline of Five Shootings for details on the other shootings yesterday.

You may remember Lee is also the suspect accused of attacking an officer this weekend, stealing his gun and running off (see Wanted Suspect Still on the Run). That's why police have created a six-person police unit designed to bring Lee to justice.

"Drug dealers around Seiler Avenue, those where Juwaun Lee hangs out, they can look to be shut down, because we do not tolerate the actions of Mr. Lee or these other individuals," said Maj. Everett Ragan. "We will put additional pressure, and as much as we can, to shut everything down, until somebody out there makes a phone call and tells us where we can find him."

Police are also looking for another shooting suspect. Investigators say Sammy Lee Gadson shot 21-year-old Tony Hill on East Park Avenue yesterday. They say that attack was the result of a turf dispute.

The victim in a third shooting yesterday was carrying drugs when he was attacked on Park Avenue. Investigators say Ramone Bowers has 70 rocks of crack in his body when he died. The suspect in that shooting is still on the loose.

Reported by: Andrew Davis, andrewdavis@wtoc.com

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