Savannah State Shooter Says He Fired in Self-Defense

A Savannah State University student charged with shooting a fellow student on campus last month says he fired in self-defense after being attacked in an argument over a young woman.

"I never aimed at him in any way that would hurt him," Devon McIntosh, 19, of Jonesboro told the Savannah Morning News in an interview at the Chatham County Jail. "I just wanted him away from me."

Quinton Winfield, 22, from Atlanta, suffered two gunshot wounds — in his torso and arm — in the Nov. 21 shooting at McIntosh's apartment on campus. Police locked down the campus for several hours until they arrested McIntosh, who was found hiding in the trunk of his car.

McIntosh remains jailed on aggravated assault charges. Winfield was treated at Memorial Health University Medical Center and has been discharged, hospital spokeswoman Bryna Gordon said.

The newspaper reported Friday that McIntosh said he walked into his campus apartment the morning of the shooting and found Winfield waiting in the kitchen. He said Winfield asked why McIntosh had stood up for a woman Winfield had insulted.

McIntosh said Winfield then started punching him.

"I had been hit so many times in the head, my head was throbbing," McIntosh said. "I was angry. I was scared."

He said he ran to his bedroom and grabbed a handgun he kept for self-protection. McIntosh said he fired a warning shot, then pulled the trigger again as Winfield kept coming toward him.

McIntosh said Winfield fled from the apartment after he was shot, and McIntosh's roommate drove him to the hospital.

Savannah State policy prohibits students from having guns on campus, university spokeswoman Loretta Heyward said. She said Friday she did not know whether Winfield had returned to school.

The case has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Chris Hosey, special agent in charge of the GBI's Statesboro office, declined Friday to say whether police interviews with Winfield matched McIntosh's claim of self-defense. Winfield does not have a listed telephone number in Savannah.

A judge denied bond for McIntosh after his arrest last month. McIntosh's attorney, Nicholas Pagano, said he plans to ask for another bond hearing.

Savannah State University, founded in 1890, is the oldest historically black college in Georgia and has an enrollment of 3,400 students.