SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – One person was killed and two others were injured in a shooting near Savannah High School and Savannah Early College on Monday.
According to the Savannah Police Department (SPD), the shooting took place around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Harrison Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
In total, three men were injured. The surviving victims are being treated for serious gunshot injuries.
The Chatham County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased victim as Michael Hoang, who was shot at least one time. He was 20 years old.
A friend of his told News 3 what he believes went on outside of a home in the 1900 block of Harrison Street.
“They told me that he got shot, and he got jumped by the two guys that are in the hospital right now,” Daniel Morales said just hours after his friend was shot and killed.
He says the men were fighting over a woman.
“His girlfriend he has now… the guys who did the pull-up… that was his ex-wife. I guess Michael didn’t like the way he was talking to his wife and stuff, so he told them to ‘pull up and fight me,'” Morales explained. “I guess that’s what he did, but he brought a friend with them.
“It was going back and forth to the point where even the trailer right here, behind me got shot. The lady got scared, and she had to duck down.”
Morales, who also lives in the neighborhood, was working at the time but came home after he heard about his friend.
“I came through the back, and I saw his body. I don’t know if the ambulance tried to even try to take him to the hospital… even try to save him or not. We didn’t get an answer,” Morales said. “He didn’t even let them see his own son. His own dad didn’t get to see his own son. And I say, that’s messed up.”
As for the violence in his neighborhood, Morales says he does not feel safe and worries for his family. He does not see why anything should lead to this level of violence.
“If you’re about to fight, use your hands. Let’s get this over with. Like back in the days, you would fight and get it over with. Shake hands. That’s it,” Morales said. “Why even come fight somebody for something so stupid?”
Police are actively investigating. News 3 is told they have not identified any suspects at this time.
According to SPD, no students from Savannah High or Early College were involved in the incident. A district spokesperson said the schools were placed on a precautionary soft lockdown but they were dismissed as usual.
An autopsy has been scheduled for Hoang.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020.