Safe Shelter responds to Yamacraw Village shooting injuring mother and child

Safe Shelter responds to Yamacraw Village shooting injuring mother and c

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Metro Police are still looking for the man they say shot and seriously injured a mother and her eight-year-old daughter, Tuesday afternoon.

It happened just after 4 p.m. in Yamacraw Village.

Crimes of this nature should send a clear message to anyone involved in a dangerous relationship. It's a message too many women are missing when it comes to relationships that threaten their lives, and the lives of their children. Those who work with woman and men in abusive homes will be the first to tell you there is an army waiting to help, but it is the victim who has to take the first step.

"Anytime something like this happens, we put the name in our database to see if we ever heard from the victim. And we didn't.  And that's the thing. Last year, between September and this September, we had five local domestic homicides. We didn't hear from any of them, and I have said this until I'm blue in the face, but I'm gonna keep saying it. If you don't pick up the phone, if you don't take some steps to get away, you run a much greater risk of becoming a statistic," said Cheryl Branch, Executive Director, SAFE.

Thankfully, neither this mother nor her daughter have become that kind of statistic. Branch calls the solution to any violent relationship a single phone call, because that instantly rallies an entire system behind your cause.

The victims remain in stable condition Wednesday afternoon. It goes without saying neither will likely ever be the same after this, so let's get this guy off the street as soon as possible.

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