SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Police arrested an 18-year-old suspect and charged him with murder in the Emerald Drive shooting that occurred on Monday night in Savannah.
Josias Jones was booked into the Chatham County Detention Center Friday. According to the Savannah Police Department (SPD), Jones is responsible for the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Qahmaine Orr.
“I would like to publicly thank the multiple units that worked together on this case and recognize the support we received from the community,” said Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter.
“Incidents like this should not happen, and we will continue to work with our community partners to eliminate the unlawful use of guns and the tragic effect it has on our community,” he added.
No further details were released on the suspect or motives.
Minter says the shooting occurred around 10 p.m. on the 500 block of Emerald Drive in Frazier Homes. The chief said officers found the boy lying on a sidewalk.
Qahmaine was critically injured and was transported to a hospital where later died, Minter said. He added that witnesses told police they saw three to four people fleeing the scene in dark clothes.
SPD asks anyone with information to call 912-234-2020 or CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020. Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 and SPD will offer an additional $2,000 if the information IDs possible suspects. Tipsters can remain anonymous and can submit an online tip.
“This is a location we’ve been to before. As a matter of fact, been there more often than we would like to admit,” Mayor Van Johnson said. “I told chief last night it was like Deja vu all over again.”
Johnson said he spoke with Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Ann Levette and asked her to provide resources to his friends and classmate.
On Monday, Johnson and Minter spoke on the shooting. Their full comments are in the video below.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is reported.