15-year-old killed in shooting behind McDonald’s on Savannah's Southside

15-year-old killed in shooting behind McDonald’s on Savannah's Southside
George Akins Jr.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A 15-year-old is dead and a family is grieving after a shooting at a McDonald's on Abercorn Street in Savannah.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police responded to the 13100 block of Abercorn Street around 10:50 p.m. Saturday where they found 15-year-old George Akins Jr. with life-threatening injuries from the shooting. Police said he died at the scene.

A second 15-year-old was also injured in the shooting. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

WTOC was able to speak with one woman who was at the drive-thru window when the shooting occurred, and she described it as a chaotic and bloody scene.

"I actually saw him lying there. He was very close to the door and I could see him very clearly and my heart dropped when I saw him lying there motionless," said Kaila Negron, witness.

Akins was a sophomore at Windsor Forest High School and was a member of the school's football team. The Public Information Officer for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System says that counselors will be at the school Monday to speak with students.

Savannah-Chatham Metro's Violent Crimes detectives are still trying to figure out a motive for this deadly shooting, but police said it does not appear to be random.

Anyone with information on this case should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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