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A 21-YEAR-OLD city employee who tried to break up a scuffle between a group of teenaged girls was injured when one of the girls took a shotgun out of a car and fired it.

Just before 8 p.m. on Dec. 30, the Leisure Services employee was working at a basketball league that plays at Shuman Middle School on Goebel Avenue. When three or four teenaged girls began fighting outside the school, he went outside and tried to break up the fight.

One of the girls went to a nearby car, got a shotgun out of it and fired a shot either in the air or on the ground. The girls then got into a white car and fled. The man suffered buck-shot injuries to his neck and body.

Officers searched the area for the car and forensics officers collected evidence at the scene. No one else appeared to have been injured in the incident.

• A man who thought it would be funny to open vehicle doors at random was arrested and taken to jail. Jason Robert Pullum, 21, of Savannah, was spotted Dec. 29 at about 3:20 a.m. when an officer became suspicious when she saw an Oldsmobile in the 100 Block of East 44th Street traveling slowly and making multiple stops.

Pullum drove alongside vehicles parked on the street and attempted to open doors by pulling on the door handles. When Pullum was unsuccessful, he would pull up to the next closest vehicle.

Back-up arrived and officers stopped the Oldsmobile and searched it. They found marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

Pullum was charged with Criminal Trespassing, Loitering and Prowling, Driving on the Wrong Side of Roadway, Unlawful Use of Lane by Person or Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. No vehicles were actually opened during his spree.

• An officer on patrol on East Victory Drive at the Truman Parkway observed three men sitting under the overpass at about 1 p.m. When the officer returned at about 2:20 p.m., the men were still there.

The officer asked them to come down. The three had food and an open 32-ounce container of beer. When asked what they were doing, the three said they were “just hanging out.”

Police learned two of the men had warrants for failure to appear in court. They were arrested for loitering, use of city property for their own use and failure to appear in court. The third man was arrested and charged with loitering and use of city property for his own use.

• Police were called to an apartment at Live Oak Plantation about people trapped inside after the front door was kicked in.

When police arrived, a man in the apartment told them he couldn’t open the door to let them in because of the damage. He said his brother and step-sister brought their baby over and knocked on the door and demanded to speak to their mother, who also lives in the apartment.

The couple said they were there to retrieve some items, and when the man refused to let them in, they began kicking the door. At that point, he called police.

The suspects took their baby and fled before police arrived. The door frame was damaged so badly that an officer had to use his knee to force it open so that the man and his mother could talk to him.

The woman said she was asleep and didn’t hear any of the commotion. She said she had put the suspect and his family out of the apartment the previous week. She said they had no more belongings in the apartment to retrieve.

A neighbor told the officer she saw the suspects kicking the door. The mother said she believed the suspects had rented another apartment in the same building, but when police knocked on the door of that apartment, no one answered. cs

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