Man charged with murder in Savannah soccer complex shooting

Crime & Safety

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – One man is dead and another is in custody after a Tuesday night shooting at the Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex.

Authorities said the incident happened during a soccer game in front of some children and their parents.

A fight during the game led to shots being fired around 8:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the sports complex, the Savannah Police Department (SPD) told WSAV.

Mario Wallace

Police discovered Rajah Young, 27, in the parking lot suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds. He was transported to Memorial Health, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Mario Wallace, 26, was arrested at the scene and booked into the Chatham County jail on a murder charge.

SPD said this was not a random shooting and the parties involved knew each other.

No children or other attendees were injured during the incident, police added.

“My thoughts are not only with the families that are affected but the young people who in their young lives just witnessed the most horrible night of their life,” Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said. “This is not how kids should grow up.”

This isn’t the first confrontation at the complex in recent days. Witnesses told WSAV a fight also broke out Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, neighbors say they’ve never seen an incident like Tuesday’s shooting.

“We were both kind of in shock because that’s not something that routinely happens up here and we were just a little concerned about that,” said Gary Youngblood, who lives near the complex.

“It is a tragedy that an event like this happened at a complex who is dedicated to another member of the Savannah community that actually died of a needless act of violence,” Youngblood continued. “It was unfortunate the way that that person was killed and it’s unfortunate that this incident happened too.”

Officials closed down the facility Wednesday citing the “two separate, unrelated incidents.”

A West Chatham Middle School football game scheduled at the complex was canceled due to Tuesday night’s incident:

Meanwhile, county officials say they’ll be working to develop “more stringent security measures” for the complex in the coming days.

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