Savannah's police chief is blaming gang members for shootings in the city's downtown historic district that led to a police chase in which a fleeing SUV crashed and killed three people.
Savannah-Chatham County Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin said at a news conference Wednesday the shootings that wounded three people at about 12:13 a.m. were "group-gang" related. He showed reporters video of an SUV pulling alongside a sidewalk bench where several people sat before they jumped suddenly and ran as shots were fired.
Officers chased the SUV, which crashed several blocks away. Lumpkin said the crash killed two young men inside the vehicle. The crash also killed a bystander, identified by police as Scott Waldrup.
Lumpkin said the SUV's driver, 17-year-old Jerry Chambers Jr., is charged with felony murder.
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