SAVANNAH, GA (February 9, 2015): Investigations are underway after two men escaped serious injury in shooting confrontations Sunday night.
One man was transported for treatment of a gunshot wound and a second was detained by arriving officers at 10:20 p.m. after multiple shots were fired on the 800 block of West 44th Street.
Lavontae Untrail Wilson was stopped in a vehicle speeding away from the scene and Jesse William Benton was transported for treatment after the shooting. Wilson was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and contempt of court. Benton was charged with false statements and writings. Both are 26 and have extensive arrests records with Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.
Other suspects are being sought.
Responding Central Precinct Patrol officers found an expanded crime scene in which several cars had been hit. Detectives are investigating the possibility that Benton exited a parked vehicle when someone began firing at it. Wilson took the wheel and was stopped by officers responding to the shots.
Dominique Fludd, 26, drove himself to a hospital after he was shot in a domestic altercation between two women on the 200 block of West 39th Street. The 6:22 p.m. altercation was between two women with whom anotehr man at the location has had children.
Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. pointed to the two situations as examples of the dangerous behavior he is asking the community to help police prevent.
“Multiple shots were fired in each situation in which anyone could have been injured,” Lumpkin said. “This reckless disregard for others and such senseless activity should not be endured by these neighborhoods. We must work together to address them.”
Investigations are continuing into both shootings. Anyone with information on the case is asked to 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 Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124 and most area clergy have agreed to serve as liaisons for anyone who would like to share information with police anonymously.