SAVANNAH, GA (April 14, 2015): Undercover and specialty units have joined violent crimes detectives in the investigation into the shooting death of three men inside a Live Oak area house Monday night.
Metro’s Undercover Narcotics Investigation Unit, the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force have joined forces to help uncover information in the shooting near Northeast 36th Street and Live Oak streets. Collectively, they have canvassed the immediate neighborhood and those nearby seeking information on the triple shooting.
“This is a critical stage of the investigation and we are looking for any information that can help lead us to suspects,” said Maj. Larry Branson, commander of the Metro Criminal Investigations Division. “Witnesses understandably sometimes are hesitant to provide information so soon after an event such as this, but we need all the help we can get to solve this crime. This is a significant incident in our community.”
Central Precinct patrol officers responding to a shots fired call about 8:30 p.m. were directed to a house on the 1200 block of N.E. 36th Street where they could see the three bodies through an open door.
The victims were identified as Anderson Mells Jr., 52, and Garry Bernard Mells, 30, who both lived in the house, and Johnnie Jamar Green, 37.
Two persons of interest detained in a traffic stop by other officers shortly afterward have been released after questioning by detectives.
The investigation by Homicide Unit detectives and forensics officers extended through the night as patrol officers secured the scene. While detectives said the shootings clearly were targeted, they also focused on risky activities that took place in the residence to determine if they were connected to the crime.
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.