SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah Police and city officials are asking for the public to come forward with any information on the fatal shooting of a young man and woman Tuesday night.
According to the Savannah Police Department (SPD), officers responded to a shooting around 10:20 p.m. at Hancock Street and Summerside Avenue.
There, they located Nathaniel Harvey, 22, and Kadijah Pendergraph, 25, dead inside a vehicle. An infant was found in the backseat but was unharmed.
“Three-month-old babies shouldn’t be in the middle of adult beef,” said Mayor Van Johnson.
Savannah Police Sgt. Zachary Burdett added that the infant is safe and with their parents now.
“It puts you a little on edge I really couldn’t sleep last night,” said Robert Smith, who lives in the neighborhood. “After that, I was up and down, up and down all night.”
In a press conference, police and city leaders took a stand after two people are shot and killed in the Summerside community.
“This particular shooting was very troubling to us, considering the fact that also in the backseat of this vehicle was a 3-month-old child in a child’s seat,” said SPD Chief Roy Minter told media Wednesday. “That’s part of the reason why we’re coming to you and asking for the public’s assistance with this investigation.”
Neighbors said people who live in Summerside are close; a lot of kids live here and everyone looks out for each other.
“We all communicate and work towards raising the children as a village, so uh-huh, it’s really good out here,” said Smith.
Tuesday night’s shooting is unsettling not just to the neighborhood, but officials in the community. That’s why they are begging anyone with information to come forward.
“Don’t debate it in your mind whether it’s the right thing to do because you know this is dead wrong and unfortunately its been deadly wrong,” said Johnson.
Alderwoman Dr. Estella Shabazz said the shooting hits home, especially since it happened in her district.
“Right now I’m in so much pain,” said Shabazz. “In order for us to curb the crime and the shootings and to get the guns off of the streets we’ve got to come forward.”
Additional details have not been released due to the ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information on these homicides can contact Savannah Police Violent Crimes detectives at (912) 525-3124 or CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. CrimeStoppers callers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.