Double shooting in Ardsley Park worries neighbors

Published: Jun. 30, 2008 at 8:47 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2008 at 2:24 PM EDT
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By Michelle Paynter - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Two men are still in the hospital after being shot in the neck over the weekend. Tonight police are still looking for the gunmen, they said it is a senseless crime.

Jason Statts and David Williams were shot around 3am Saturday morning on East 48th Street, near Paulsen Street in Ardsley Park. It's typically a quiet, safe place to live.

"We're not a neighborhood we're family, everybody knows everybody," said Jamie Whitfield.

Whitfield and Johnny Walgate know the two men who were shot. Walgate is the neighborhood watch block captain. "Everybody is very upset by this," he said. "This happened five doors down the street from us."

"It effects all us because that someone in our family that's been hurt and family sticks with family," said Whitfield.

Police say a single bullet passed through Williams and then hit Statts. Williams is in fair condition at Memorial University Medical Center. Statts is in serious condition.

Whitfield went to the hospital to check on their neighbors and their families. "He still has the bullet in and they fear he may be paralyzed and my not be able to speak again," Whitfield said.

Both victims are SCAD grads and members of a local band, "Surt." Statts and Williams had just formed the band, in fact their performance at Livewire Music Hall on River Street Friday night was their very first gig. Unfortunately, their exciting night ended in tragedy.

Police said after they left the club they went to visit a friend and that's when someone shot them. Several neighbors heard the gunshot and say they saw two men running away. Police say it wasn't a robbery and Williams and Statts didn't know their shooters.

"It's a simple crime that had no sense," said Walgate.

That may be what scares the folks in this neighborhood the most. Police are asking anyone with information about this shooting to call police or CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020. There is a reward of up to $2,500.