SAVANNAH, GA (January 23, 2016): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a shooting that injured Richard Lafayette at approximately 3 a.m., Jan. 23, on the 1600 block of Bay Street.
Police arrived on scene and found Lafayette, 31, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for non-life threatening wounds.
The victim stated he was standing outside his motel room when he was approached by an unknown black male who pushed him inside the hotel room and demanded money. Inside the room, the two men struggled and the suspect took the victim’s concealed handgun and shot him. The victim is licensed to carry the weapon. The suspect fled the scene with the victim’s weapon.
This shooting remains under investigation. 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.