Suspect arrested for deadly shooting that killed 22-year-old Savannah woman

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Updated: May. 5, 2021 at 9:52 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department has arrested a suspect for a deadly shooting at Jefferson Street and West Victory Drive.

According to police, 27-year-old Jack Lee Brown was arrested and charged with murder on Tuesday, May 4.

Brown is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Latoya Latrice Jones on Sunday, May 2. Jones was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle and later died as a result of her injuries.

According to police, an investigation determined that the suspect fired shots at a vehicle Jones was riding in due to a previous dispute with the vehicle occupants. Police say there is no evidence to suggest this was a random shooting.

“Our detectives worked diligently on this case, resulting in an arrest just 48 hours after the senseless shooting of Ms. Jones,” Chief Roy Minter said in a news release. “Video evidence and community involvement greatly assisted in aiding this investigation and resulting in an expeditious arrest, bringing a suspect to justice and answers to a grieving family. The community is a great asset in our continued fight against violent crime in Savannah. We continue to urge community members to come forward with any information they have on any crimes in Savannah.”

WTOC learned that Jones was pregnant and related to Savannah Alderman Detric Leggett.

Wednesday was a sigh of relief for her grieving family.

“She’s my angel right now – I just can’t. I know she’s here with me right now but I can’t see my baby no more. I can’t hold her no more,” said Latoya’s mother Felicia Mercer.

Her mother Felicia Mercer says Latoya was a sweet person and was the shining light in her family, with a promising future ahead of her.

“I feel like she didn’t deserve to go out like that. She didn’t do no wrong to anybody for them to take her life like that and she was happy that she was going to be a mom and they took that from her too and that’s not fair.”

Mercer also says she and her family are grateful to police and those who helped in the investigation.

Her cousin, Savannah Alderman Detric Leggett says the city is serious about tackling gun violence in our community and heinous crimes like these have consequences.

“I hate for it to have to be on the shoulders of my family, on the shoulders of my cousin losing her baby but this has catapulted into what the new Savannah is. And you see how easy and how fast it was for us to turn around with solving this case? This is how Savannah is going to be,” said Alderman Leggett.

Mercer says she finally has closure. She says LaToya and her unborn child can rest in peace.

“I am happy and like I told her she can rest now. Momma’s gonna be alright and I know she’ll still be right by my side,” said Mercer.

The family is also asking for your prayers at this time.

The family says Jones was pregnant when she died. Her accused killer has been charged with murder.

WTOC reached out to the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office to find out if more charges will follow because she was with-child.

They told us they do not comment on active cases.

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