Man arrested in connection to Savannah State University shooting

Man arrested in connection to Savannah State University shooting
Published: Feb. 24, 2018 at 9:17 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2018 at 8:34 PM EST
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The Marketing and Communications Office of Savannah State University says a man who was at University Commons when the shooting took place has been arrested. He is identified as Phillip Dayan Burke. Officials say neither the victim nor the arrested individual are university students. He's been charged with carrying a weapon in school safety zones or school functions as license holder, as well as possession of firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah State University officials will not release the name of a suspect in a fatal shooting that happened on Saturday.

A press release from Savannah State on Sunday said the shooting suspect was in custody but the university police would not confirm on Monday whether they were arrested. It is not known whether the suspect is still in custody.

The press release said the suspect was not a Savannah State student.

The victim, 20-year-old Kaleel Clarke, died on Saturday. He was not a Savannah State student.

Savannah State University Police Chief James Barnwell credits the campus surveillance systems and the new campus safety app for helping identify the suspect.

Savannah State University Police continue to investigate the incident. The SSU Department of Public Safety is increasing campus security by more police patrols and allowing entrance to the campus only through the La Roche Avenue gate. Everyone going on campus must present identification.

"He told me 'Dad, I'll see you later.'" recounts Kenneth Frazier, Kaleel's father. "He went to his mom's job and brought her lunch gave her a big hug...that's the last time we saw him."

"I pray for everybody here in Savannah that has lost a child because now I'm on that list," said Frazier. "And for my son to die like that didn't make any sense."

The school's campus was placed on lockdown until 4:45 p.m on Saturday. Officers were looking for a suspect who left the grounds in a silver 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LT.

We spoke with one student that was nearby when the shooting occurred. He says he was actually in a student government associating meeting, planning a student walkout to protest violence on school campuses when this happened.

"It's a tragedy," a Savannah State University student said. "You know, it's sad and, you know, I hold our state legislators accountable for this incident that took place today."

The student-led newspaper The Tiger's Roar posted several pictures of the crime scene, saying that it was confirmed as a shooting by Savannah State Police.

This investigation is being conducted by the SSU Department of Public Safety. Anyone with information about the incident should call 912-358-3004.

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