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09/27/06

Police Intensify Search for Shooting Suspects

Savannah-Chatham police are stepping up their efforts to capture the gunmen behind a rash of shootings this week. Around 3:30am, officers arrested Marquis Young on ACL Boulevard. Police say Young was involved in Monday's shooting on Waters Avenue that injured an innocent bystander. Police say the car Young wrecked and the gun he was carrying were both stolen.

Now, police have formed a special task force, the sole purpose of which is to find the rest of the shooters. With several gunmen still on the run, from the shooting on Waters Avenue and Henry Street to the shooting minutes later on East Park Avenue and the death of a man later that night on Duffy Street, Savannah-Chatham police are putting together six of their toughest crime fighters to smoke out the suspects.

"We don't think this is a game," said SCMPD interim chief Willie Lovett. "We know it's not. So when somebody gets injured, especially in the manner that these happen, with gunshots, we take it very seriously."

The group is focusing on finding the suspects, including Jawaun Lee for the shooting on Waters and Henry and Sammy Gadson, Jr., wanted in connection for the shooting on East Park Avenue.

"We're going to find these individuals," said Maj. Everett Ragan. "We're going to find these individuals here or they're going to run somewhere else, and then we will get the help of other agencies to find them wherever they go."

The six officers won't be the only ones looking. Savannah-Chatham police have given detailed descriptions to all of their officers so everyone in the department will be on the lookout.

"They've got the intelligence on them," explained Maj. Ragan. "Everybody's looking for them, but the special group, their only mission is to find them."

Thanks to a tip, police captured Marquis Young early Wednesday morning. They say that community help is key.

"We find these individuals by somebody letting us know where they are at," added Maj. Ragan.

"Police and the community, working together," said  Chief Lovett, "can overcome any obstacle."

Police are also still investigating a shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue and Gwinnett Street. If you have any information about any of Monday's shootings, call police or CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

You can also contact CrimeStoppers online at www.savannahchathamcrimestoppers.org.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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