Garden City Police investigating two separate shootings, one fatal

Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 10:19 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 6:18 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Garden City neighborhood rocked by gunfire Saturday night.

“Wow, I’m just devastated. To see something like this happen here in Garden City, pretty quiet and everything and to see this type of incident happen, my heart goes out to the family,” Garden City District 3 Councilwoman Natalyn Bates Morris said.

Police say they responded to an area of Priscilla D. Thomas Way around 9 p.m. where they found a shooting victim with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to a police report officers then heard shots coming from the nearby Pines at Garden City apartment complex.

That’s where they found 30-year-old James Ancrum with gunshot wounds.

Ancrum later died of his injuries.

Now members at a neighboring church are grieving the loss of Ancrum as they say his family was a part of their congregation.

“We don’t know what causes this tragic thing to happen, but it’s a hurt, a hurt that gets down to the bone especially when you’re a father and have children and great grandchildren. Yesterday our pastor, he announced it and he was very shook up as well as the rest of us,” Deacon Walter Alfonso Anthony said.

Life-long resident Nina Harris says she knows Ancrum’s family and is still shocked by the shootings..

“I don’t remember anything like this happening here before. I’ve been in this neighborhood all of my life, and I’ve never heard of this happening. I grew up here,” Garden City Resident Lena Harris said.

As church leaders now mourn the loss of a former member.

“It’s a big loss for the community because the young man was raised in this area. And we just now got to be in a place to be there and comfort the family. It’s very, very hurtful, very hurtful.”