A Savannah man was charged Friday in connection with the shootings of three people at Campus Crossings Apartments that Statesboro Police said was part of an armed robbery attempt of five Campus Crossings residents.
Jarvis Jamal Scroggins, 24, of Savannah is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, five counts of armed robbery, one count of criminal trespass and one count of burglary, said Statesboro Police Deputy Chief Rob Bryan.
Around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, police responded to reports of "shots fired" at Campus Crossing Apartments on Lanier Drive, adjacent to the Georgia Southern University campus.
Upon arrival, officers found "three confirmed victims who suffered gunshot wounds," he said. "This incident is being investigated as an aggravated assault."
Bryan said, "Immediately after the incident, a witness observed a male suspect running from the scene with a pistol."
The witness, whom he did not identify, followed the suspect, Scroggins, "until he was able to wave down a state trooper who was responding to the scene," he said. "After a foot pursuit...Scroggins was taken into custody by (Georgia State Patrol Post 45) Trooper Tyler Rickman."
A woman was airlifted to a Savannah hospital with gunshot wounds, and two men were treated for gunshot wounds at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. Bryan said none of the gunshot wounds are life-threatening.
Thursday's incident was the latest in a recent rash of shootings in private apartment complexes in the area around GSU and the U.S. Highway 301/Veteran's Memorial Parkway area.
Vernon Lamont Hunter, 24, of Savannah, died after being shot around 12:30 a.m. Oct. 19, also at Campus Crossings Apartments. Police are investigating his death as a murder, and a $1,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a suspect.
Forrest Kibler, 25, of Statesboro, died after being shot Nov. 4 at Park Place Apartments, and Statesboro police later charged Jamontea Marquil Pitts, 24, from Guyton, with murder after an investigation involving several other agencies.
Mallory Horshaw, spokesperson with Brownstein Group, which represents Campus Crossings Apartments, said efforts to keep the complex safe are in place.
"The wellbeing of our residents is our top priority and we're working diligently to deter crime in our community," she said. "Our courtesy officer is patrolling 24/7, we're installing new surveillance cameras and improving building exterior lighting and we're actively evaluating additional measures to improve security."
The property management and courtesy officer also hold monthly crime awareness meetings with residents to review safety tips, resources, and discuss strategies for reporting suspicious activity to management and the police, she said.
"We also strongly encourage residents to be the eyes and ears of our community by joining our Neighborhood Watch program," Horshaw said. "Campus Crossings at Statesboro does not tolerate violence, threats of violence or any illegal activity at our community and we take immediate action against those involved in these types of activities."
Several law enforcement agencies assisted in the investigation, pursuit and arrest of Scroggins, he said, The agencies involved included the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Southern University Police Department, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources. In a statement released Friday, Bryan expressed appreciation for the assistance.
The case remains under investigation, he said.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Detective Kevin Wadley with the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text "TIPSSPD" followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.