SAVANNAH, GA. (May 27, 2014): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are requesting the public’s help in identifying the gunman who shot a homeless man during a reported robbery attempt May 5.

Carl Whipple, 51, has been hospitalized in serious condition since the shooting on West 40th Street near MLK Jr. Boulevard in the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood. Central Precinct officers patrolling a block away heard the shots and found him on the ground about 9:30 p.m.

Robbery unit detectives are trying to identify the man who reportedly demanded money from him then shot him after he refused to comply and walked away.

The gunman was described as a clean-shaven black male, possibly in his mid-20s, about 5-6, 140 pounds with a short haircut. At the time of the shooting he was wearing long white pants, possibly jeans, and a blue and white polo-style short-sleeve shirt.

Anyone with information 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 confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.