Teen wanted in Savannah Mall parking lot robbery, shooting turns himself in

Warrants obtained in Savannah Mall parking lot robbery, shooting

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department says the teen suspect wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting in the Savannah Mall parking lot on June 10, has turned himself in.

SCMPD obtained warrants for the arrest of Jerry Chambers, 16, suspected of the robbery and shooting that happened in the mall's parking lot near the Texas Roadhouse restaurant Friday morning, that left Marie Cochran, 63, with serious injuries. Cochran was reportedly shot when she fought back during the robbery attempt.

Officials say Chambers turned himself in at Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Headquarters Saturday night. He was transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center without incident. He now faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Police are still looking for additional suspects who fled the scene in a black Lexus IS 250 sedan, with dark tinted windows.

We caught up with the mall's general manager on Monday, who says the incident was a random act, and they couldn't have prepared for it. They haven't beefed up security because they feel there's is adequate.

"Anytime someone feels unsafe as they're going to their cars leaving the mall, stop and call security. We'll be more than happy to pick them up and take them to their cars. On the same token, if somebody is in their car and feels like they would rather have someone get them to the mall, we'd be more than happy to pick them up from their car and bring them," said Phil McConnell.

We also spoke to several people about how they feel knowing only one arrest has been made.

"It is sad that you can't even go to a mall or store without wondering if that could happen to you. But again, I don't know how these guns get in these kids' hands, and I think the police department, they have a job ahead of them to do something to get those guns off the streets, so we can feel safe in our own community," said Savannah Mall shopper, Sherri Thomas.

The mall says they're still waiting to hear back from police for more details, but they do have a truck and bike patrol on duty.

Anyone with any information on this case should contact the SCMPD tip line. The tip line is open directly to investigators by dialing 912.525.3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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