SAVANNAH, Ga. – Police said a shooting involving gang members left three people dead early Monday inside a home in Savannah, ending the longest streak in two years that the city had experienced no killings.
Savannah-Chatham County police responded to a home about 1:15 a.m. Monday and found three bodies inside. Police Lt. Racine Chaney said at a news conference "the homicide involved gang members," but declined to release many details about the crime and those who were killed.
The triple slaying ended 49 straight days without a homicide in Savannah, the longest break in killing that Georgia's oldest city had seen in more than two years, Chaney said. Savannah and unincorporated portions of Chatham County had 50 slayings last year and 53 homicides in 2015, which was the bloodiest year here since 1991.
Police identified the victims as 31-year-old Courtney German, 24-year-old William Mullins and 18-year-old Shayla Curtis.
Keith Lamont Marrow Jr., 27, was charged with three counts of murder in the Savannah slayings, police said in a statement Monday night. He was arrested on unrelated traffic charges in nearby Jasper County, South Carolina, after the shootings.
"At this point, releasing any more specifics would directly threaten this investigation," Chaney told reporters.
He declined to say which of the victims, if any, police consider to be gang members or which gangs were involved. Chaney also declined to comment when asked if any of the victims were related.