METRO PROBES SHOOTINGS AT FAIR

SAVANNAH, GA (November 4, 2012) Metro Police are investigating the shooting of seven people at the Coastal Empire Fairgrounds Saturday night.

 All of the victims were transported either by ambulance or private automobile to Savannah hospitals. One of the victims underwent surgery and was listed in fair condition this morning. None of the injuries were described as life threatening.

 Metro officers assigned to the fair had just dispelled an apparently unrelated fight in the area near the rides when shots were fired nearby about 10:40 p.m.  They secured the victims and locked down the fairgrounds.

 Police searched for a gunman wearing a dark jumpsuit. Numerous subjects were detained and interviewed by Violent Crimes detectives. All have been released.

Other attendees were allowed to begin leaving by about 11:15 p.m.

 Listed as injured were Jamiende Johnson, 19, Keonna Roberson, 14, Deshawn King, 16, Diqwanie Butler, 18, Keyona Haward, 17, Jeffery Crawford, 18, and Tamika Williams, 36. Police are continuing to search for the shooter and working to confirm a motive.

 Exchange Club of Savannah officials said they anticipate the fair opening as scheduled at noon Sunday.

 Anyone with information on the shootings or possible participants is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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