River Street shooting victim identified, suspect arrested

Crime & Safety

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Authorities are investigating after a man was found shot to death on River Street early Tuesday afternoon. Early Tuesday evening, the victim’s father told News 3 that his son, 30-year-old Marcus Chaney, was killed.

Michael Chaney told News 3 his son worked as an engineer for the Homewood Suites and he was killed outside of that building.

courtesy Savannah Police Department

According to the Savannah Police Department (SPD), around 12:15 p.m. officers responded to the 600 block of River Street where they found “an adult male deceased.” SPD violent crimes detectives arrested a man, later identified as Ronnie Cooper, who had been detained by good samaritans, police said.

30-year-old Cooper faces a murder charge. Investigators say the two men knew each other, but no other details have been released.

SPD also closed off Bay Street between Price and East Broad streets and East Broad and President streets while detectives investigated the scene. The closures lasted until about 3 p.m.

Ronnie Cooper

Cooper has a history of violence dating back to 2007, including charges of aggravated stalking, simple assault, simple battery and others.

He had a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon in which he was denied bond. Cooper’s next scheduled court appearance is a felony hearing on Sept. 12.

Marcus Chaney was 30 years old. He was a married father of two whose wife is pregnant. Chaney was a graduate of Beach High School.

Marcus Chaney

This incident is still under investigation. News 3 will provide further updates.

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