SAVANNAH, GA (July 1, 2017) – Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a physical altercation that occurred in the 900 block of West 45th Street on June 30.

At about 9:15 p.m., officers responded to the area for a report of a shooting. They found Jonathan Gaines Jr., 21, suffering from what was originally believed to be a graze injury from a shooting. Upon further examination at the hospital, it was determined that Gaines’s injuries were not from a shooting, but rather from an altercation he had with individuals known to him. Shots were fired during the altercation.

The circumstances leading up to the altercation are still under investigation. Investigators do not believe this to be a random incident and believe risky behavior to be a factor.

Anyone with information on this case should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.