Savannah St. shooting: Savannah State Shooting
Published: August 28, 2015
Savannah St. shooting: Savannah State Shooting, Friends and fans of a student shot and killed at Savannah State University on Thursday night took to social media Friday to mourn the death of the aspiring rapper from DeKalb County.
In a statement posted on the university’s website, school officials said Christopher Starks, a junior, was shot during an altercation at the student union building.
“It is with great sadness that we report the loss of a Savannah State University student,” the statement said. ” Mr. Starks was the only individual transported to a medical facility following the incident. So far, no arrests have been made.”
WTOC-TV in Savannah reported Starks, who recently turned 22, was from Lithonia and graduated from Miller Grove High School.
After graduation, Starks first attended Appalachian State University, where he was a defensive back on the football team.
Starks was an aspiring rapper who performed under the stage name “Booley Boo.”
Among the comments posted on Twitter with the hashtag #RIPBooley:
“I’d be telling a lie if I said I wasn’t gone cry!” – Stephon Brown Jr.
“I loved recording you and taking pics for you.” – Jeffery Jackson
“Gone too soon. Black men stop the violence,” and “Man I’m losing it over this one.” – Call Me Beautiful
“I can’t shake this feeling. Losing a friend is not easy!” – JuicyJaye
“Heart heavy this morning. I still can’t believe it.” – Tamara
Since the university is a state institution, the GBI is leading the investigation, assisted by Savannah State police.
In a statement released late Friday morning, GBI spokesman Scott Dutton said the shooting “appeared to be an isolated incident.”
He said the GBI Medical Examiner’s office in Savannah will perform an autopsy on Starks, who was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital.
“The investigation is ongoing and the shooter has not been identified at this time,” Dutton said.
The campus was put on lockdown after the 10 p.m. shooting, but the lockdown was lifted around midnight. University officials delayed the start of classed until 10 a.m. Friday, and made grief counselors available.
A prayer vigil was held at noon Friday on campus at the Felix-Alexis Circle Unity Plot, according to the Instagram account of the university’s Student Government Association.
About 4,600 students attend Savannah State, the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia.
The incident was the second fatal shooting on the Savannah State campus in less than two years.
In September 2013, 20-year-old Donald Bernard Lewis, who was not a student, was killed in an early morning shooting at the University Village student housing complex.
Anyone with information about Thursday’s fatal shooting is asked to contact Savannah State police at 912-358-3004.
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