Two People Killed in Shooting; Neighbors Worry About Spike in Violence - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

01/12/07

Two People Killed in Shooting; Neighbors Worry About Spike in Violence

Another shooting in Savannah leaves two people dead, and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police searching for a suspect.

The victims have been identified as Shamont Scott, 30, and Lakeya Taylor, 28. They lived together at Oak Forest Lane with three children, who were home at the time of the shootings.

While police search for who did it, people want answers about what seems like a spike in violence.

It happened around 9:30 Thursday night.  Scott and Taylor were shot and killed inside their home on Oak Forest Lane in Savannah. There were no signs of a struggle or forced entry.

"It's crazy around here," Oak Forest Lane resident Terrance Walker told WTOC.

Terrance has lived in the neighborhood, 3 houses from the shootings, the last 4 years.

"I got home this morning and they told me two people got killed around the corner," Terrance said. "Aww man, I don't know what's going on around here."

"It's bad," Meka Johnson said.

Meka is visiting a friend on Oak Forest Lane. She saw WTOC Friday morning and couldn't believe the shootings happened just yards from where she was staying.

"I don't know how they can just do stuff like that," she said.

"There's no question it bothers me," Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Michael Berkow said.

Chief Berkow was out on the scene Thursday night.  These deaths bring 2007's homicide total to 4.  This time last year, 3 people had been murdered.

"The homicide number is just one part, it's not the whole picture," Chief Berkow told WTOC.

Chief Berkow argues homicide numbers may be up, but crime over all is down.  He points to the fine line between reported shootings and reported deaths.

"The difference between a homicide and a shooting could be the caliber of the gun, aim of the suspect, quality of medical care," Berkow said. "For us, we're looking at all of these kinds of issues and what I look at every day, every week, are the over all crime numbers of what's going on in the global picture. Homicide is one factor."

Now, attention turns to the welfare of the two young children and the teenager Scott and Taylor cared for. 

"It's a tragedy that these kids have now been essentially orphaned," Berkow said.

"I feel sorry for the kids and what is going to go on with the kids," Meka said.

Terrance is worried what is going on with his neighborhood, and crime in general.

"Things like this happen all the time around here," he said.

Detectives believe Shamont Scott and Lakeya Taylor knew their attacker or attackers. Police are continuing to search for witnesses and suspects. 

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

 Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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