SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A 22-year-old has been arrested in a fatal shooting at Forsyth Park Wednesday night.
According to the Savannah Police Department (SPD), Lebert Harrison now faces a murder charge.
Police responded to the south end of the park at W. Park Avenue and Bull Street around 7:30 p.m. There, they discovered Desmond Warren, 33, on the sidewalk near the basketball courts suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds.
Investigators said Warren had been in a verbal altercation with Harrison and a female companion, who was reportedly pushing an infant in a stroller.
SPD said Harrison shot Warren several times. The child, nor any others, were injured in the shooting.
First responders transported Warren to Memorial Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.
“It’s alarming, it’s very disturbing, it’s troubling that we have individuals that not only have no regard for each other’s safety, but no regard for the safety of individuals around them,” Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter said.
Officials said Harrison and the female arrived at SPD Headquarters around 10:30 p.m. and spoke with detectives. Police arrested Harrison after interviewing him.
The female was released without charges.
Savannah residents who frequent Forsyth Park said they were alarmed to hear about the violence that happened there.
“It’s a really beautiful park, so it’s kind of concerning to see that there was a shooting like that. It’s very unfortunate,” said Sergio Rivera, a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
“I definitely don’t feel very safe about that or comfortable about that,” said SCAD student Tanvi Gudipudi.
Chief Minter said the fact that last night’s shooting and other recent shootings in Savannah happened in such public areas is concerning.
“When you’re looking at getting involved in a shooting in a complex where you have youth all around, in a park that is a very heavily traveled park, that tells me that those are individuals that we need to do the best job possible of addressing that situation,” Minter said.
The chief said detectives are still investigating the situation. They’re asking any witnesses with additional information to call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at 912-525-3124 or CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020.
Information can also be submitted anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020 or online here. CrimeStoppers offers a reward of up to $2,500, depending on the severity of the crime, if a tip leads to an arrest.