SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It was a violent weekend in Savannah. Police are investigating two separate deadly shootings happening just hours apart.
The first was Saturday evening just after 5 p.m. Police say two people ended up in the parking lot of the Carey Hilliard’s on Abercorn Street after they were shot. One of the victims died at the hospital.
The second shooting happened on West 60th and Montgomery streets just after 8 p.m. One person was killed and two others were injured. At this time, police do not believe the shootings are connected.
Family of 17-year-old Alexis Devoe, who was killed at West 60th and Montgomery, say they believe she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and that she wasn’t the intended target of Saturday night’s fatal shooting. A total of three people were hit by gunfire at West 60th and Montgomery streets.
Devoe was fatally wounded, while another person was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. A third was grazed and didn't go to the hospital.
Alexis Devoe’s family says Alexis was a talented dancer, the spark of her family, and a new mother. Her father says her 5-month-old son was in the car with her when she was shot.
“You missed the person that you were trying to get at, you took my daughter," said her father, Lamar Devoe. "She’s innocent. She had nothing to do with the quarrel that you all have among each other. She reached over in the car to protect her baby, and that’s probably why he’s still here and she’s not.”
Both Savannah Police and city leadership were out at the crime scene this weekend and chief Roy Minter sent a statement Monday addressing the violent weekend.
Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter said, in part, his department is redirecting personnel and technology to address the recent crime.
Chief Minter says the Violent Crimes Task Force will work seven days a week, and the department will also use other patrol and specialized units to increase their presence around Savannah.
Family members of Devoe, are calling on those responsible to put their guns down, and also asking for anyone who has information about her death to come forward.
“There are just so many things to say about her. We don’t know quite how we’re going to move forward without her. She was the sparkle to the family. So we have to figure out how to move on, and I know we will. And she would want us to do that,” said Lamar Devoe.