Witnesses React to Downtown Shooting

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DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH-  There are a lot of questions about the safety of Savannah’s historic district, one of the most visited places in the southeast.

This comes after a drive-by shooting at Oglethorpe and Bull street this afternoon.

“I heard boom, boom, boom, boom five shots in succession and it was very disturbing, it was apparent that a firearm was discharged,” says jewelry store owner Mitch Harkin who was tending to his store when shots were fired.

Disturbed and on edge are what locals and visitors are feeling Friday night.

“Investigators do believe that shots were fired at the victim from someone driving a dark grey four door vehicle,” says Metro police public information officer Eunicia Baker.

When those shots ranged out, Harkin, like many of those there, took action.

“We just locked the door quickly, figured out where the safety zone was toward the back of the store with the customer and when it seemed that we could see people that weren’t really fleeing with fear on the sidewalk, we ventured back out,” he says.

Metro police blocked off the westbound lanes of Oglethorpe avenue where bullet casings and blood still stained the pavement. An unfamiliar scene in this part of Savannah.

“It’s definitely unnerving that this is happening in such a high traffic area and that’s why it’s very important that if anybody has seen anything if anybody heard anything, if they think they heard anything that they come forward,” says Baker as police are seeking more information about a suspect vehicle they can describe as a gray four door sedan.

Nearly every part of the city has been affected by gun violence with four shootings taking place this week. With this latest one occurring in the middle of the historic district, business owners like Harkin want solutions.

“It’s disturbing you feel it’s always in somebody else’s backyard, I only have one problem with the city and it is crime and so I’m hoping that in this we can somehow make a concerned effort..”

Police identified the victim as 23 year old Kwame Williams. They found him on Bull and York Lane, suffering from a gunshot wound. Williams was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on this case should call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential tip line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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