Savannah-Chatham Police detectives with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 27-year-old Norman “Jookie” Koonce, Jr. of Savannah for a double shooting on April 26.
“Investigators believe Koonce is responsible for the shootings of 16-year-old Quahfee Murphy and 23-year-old Allen Moore, last Saturday night at a residence on the 3800 block of Bull Street. Murphy succumbed to his injuries,” police say. Moore was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment.
Koonce is charged with murder, two counts of possession of a firearm by first offender, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, criminal attempted murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.
• Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect charged in the shooting of a Savannah man on Sunday morning.
Shaquan Dukes, 18, has been charged with aggravated assault in the shooting of Roger Bush Jr., 36, during a confrontation at a rooming house where both lived on the 1600 block of East 37th Street. Bush was transported by family members to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department continue to investigate the shooting.
Dukes is described as a black male, about 6-0. 150 pounds with long dredlocks in his hair. Anyone with information on his location is asked 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.
• Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department have charged Hykeen Youmans, 24, with hit and run/leaving the scene after an 11-year-old boy was struck by a car Saturday night.
Malik Pridgen, 11, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries after being struck near East 35th and LeGrande streets just before 8:30 p.m.
• Detectives warn of a scam designed to bilk grandparents of savings under the mistaken belief they are helping their grandchildren.
Savannah-Chatham Police “have received reports of callers pretending to be grandchildren of victims, claiming they were involved in an accident, arrested for DUI or other situations invoking a sense of urgency,” a spokesperson says. “They have a reason for sounding different (nose broken in crash) and beg the grandparent for confidentiality.”
Victims are asked to send money to a specific “attorney” via money cards or wire transactions. Afterward, they discover the caller was impersonating the grandchild, who they learn had no such issues.
“The scam is frustrating to both the victims and investigators because many originate in other countries and are all but impossible to trace,” say police.
“Many victims do not report these incidents for fear of embarrassment,” says Chief Julie Tolbert.
Financial Crimes Sgt. Jeramy Henry offered tips to help avoid falling victim:
Ask the “grandchild” or requesting family member a question only they’d know.
Contact the requesting family member via methods available before the call. (Do not call the family member back using a number they just provided.)
Contact the family of the “grandchild” prior to sending any money to check on the grandchild’s welfare regardless of what the “grandchild” requests.
Avoid providing funds through wire transfers or money cards. (No reputable business would require such payment.)
The victim should request the actual police or sheriff’s department where the grandchild is to verify information
React thoughtfully, never in haste.
Questions can be directed to the Financial Crimes Unit at (912) 651-6735.