One dead, one injured after shooting in parking lot of Savannah restaurant

One dead, one injured after shooting at Savannah restaurant

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE - Savannah Police are investigating after two people were shot in the parking lot of the Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant on Abercorn Street over the weekend.

According to police, the shooting happened Saturday around 5:20 p.m. Once officers arrived on the scene, they found Brian Brannen in the parking lot with serious injuries. Brannen was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

A second victim was located on Austin Drive a short time later. That victim was suffering a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police say this shooting was not random and that the Carey Hilliard’s restaurant was not involved. However, the two victims did end up in the restaurant’s parking lot during the incident.

The shooting is still under investigation and charges have not been determined at this time.

Savannah Police Department Chief Roy Minter issued the following statement about the shootings over the weekend in Savannah:

“Due to recent events, SPD is redirecting personnel and technology to address our recent violent crime incidents. I have tasked our Violent Crime Task Force to work seven days a week. We are also utilizing other patrol and specialized units to bolster our presence throughout the City. Our violent crimes and homicide detectives continue to work around the clock to follow up on leads and identify suspects in these cases. We are also requesting the public’s assistance with information about any of our open violent crime investigations. Making this community safer is our top priority and a shared responsibility. As a City we need to find better solutions to minor conflicts other than resorting to violence or using a gun.”

Anyone with information about this incident or any other crimes can contact the SPD Tip Line at (912) 525-3124.


Savannah Police are investigating after two people were shot near Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant on Abercorn Street.

Police say the shooting happened in the parking lot of the restaurant. One victim was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. Savannah Police say that person has since died as a result of their injuries.

Police were later called out to an address on Austin Way. They say the other victim was at this address with non-life-threatening injuries. They were also taken to the hospital.

The suspect has fled the area. Police say there is no need for concern.

Chief Roy Minter addressed the shooting at a news conference.

“Great response by our officers here in getting here quickly and being able to identify exactly what happened here at this situation,” Minter said.

“It just highlights the unacceptable amount of gun violence that’s in our communities, certainly what happens when you introduce guns into disagreements of any type,” said Mayor Van Johnson.

Chief Minter says officers have identified all parties involved and says there isn’t a threat to the public. Mayor Johnson says this type of violence will not be tolerated.

“We are going to really need to start pushing for stronger laws for people who have guns who should not have them,” Mayor Johnson said.

Police have not released any names of the people involved. The incident is still under investigation.

“Fortunately, there appears to be witnesses and we’re gathering tips from people who may have witnessed this incident,” Mayor Johnson said.

#WATCH: Savannah Mayor Van Johnson is speaking after two people were injured after a shooting in the parking lot of a restaurant on Savannah's southside.

Posted by WTOC-TV on Saturday, February 8, 2020

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