DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH, GA – A Metro spokesperson says Savannah resident Frank Wilson was shot and killed this morning just after 2 A.M. in Savannah’s City Market.
Officers were questioning witnesses this morning and were on scene for several hours which led to them arresting 23 year old Joseph Heyward also of Savannah.
This shooting took place just before bars were letting out this morning. It unfortunately marks more than 32 homicides this year in Savannah. From this violence came some positives, however, as police say witnesses stepped up and helped them make an arrest.
“It happened so quick man like I said I didn’t hear the shots I just see people running in and I wasn’t scared I just was worried about their safety because I’m on the inside,” says local bar security man Vincent Maddox.
The fatal shooting sent downtown patrons running, hours later many of those who work in the area say it still has them on edge.
“It’s an eye opener that you have to like be on the lookout when you’re out trying to have a good time yeah it’s an eye opener,” Maddox says.
What sets this latest downtown shooting a part is that those who saw something, said something as police now have a suspect under arrest facing potential murder charges.
“Having witnesses stick around at the scene and talk to the police, the police number one priority was trying to identify who did this so having witnesses who were willing to stick around, talk to police, provide that information was so valuable in this case,” says SCMPD Communications Director Michelle Gavin.
Since the August shooting in Ellis square, four more violent crimes have taken place in high tourist areas of downtown Savannah. In the at least five violent crime incidents taking place in tourist areas since August, Metro police have made arrests in three of the five incidents as a result of witness testimony, these numbers including last nights fatal shooting.
“This is an example of what Chief Lumpkin and the police department are trying to do to get people to step forward, to be apart of the solution, report crime, be a good witness and help us get these violent offenders off the street,” says Gavin.
Metro police are still seeking suspects in that August shooting in Ellis Square as well as those involved in a late September drive by shooting along Bull Street and Oglethorpe Avenue. Police encourage anyone with possible information 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.