Suspect in custody after student shot at Savannah State housing facility

Suspect in custody after student shot at Savannah State housing facility
Police responded to a shooting near University Commons Building 32 on Tuesday afternoon.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Savannah State University student was shot in the area of University Commons on Tuesday.

The victim was transported to the hospital. School officials are not releasing any information about the victim’s condition.

Deante Lamont Scott (Source: Chatham County Jail)
Deante Lamont Scott (Source: Chatham County Jail)

The suspect, who is not a student, has been arrested and identified as De’Ante Lamont Scott.

According to school officials, the incident occurred at University Commons Building 32. University Commons is listed as one of six residential facilities on campus on the school’s website.

Savannah State University sent out an alert at 1:35 p.m. encouraging all residents, along with faculty and staff, to remain indoors until further notice. That safety lockdown was lifted after 30 minutes.

A window was completely busted out of the vehicle that appeared to be a focus of the investigation at the scene.

A sophomore at SSU said her final exam was interrupted only to find out her friend was shot right outside where she lives.

“I do not feel like I’m safe on this campus. We do have a police hut that sits right in front of our apartment complex. It feels very unsafe, because like, why do we have that if nothing is being done," Stacia Tuppince said.

Students at the university are understandably shaken. They’ve seen a violent week, as two armed robberies happened prior to this incident.

“I literally had to run out of my class. My friend got shot, and it happened in front of my house, so it’s very tragic and sad,” Tuppince said.

“It can be very confusing because we are on a university campus,” Tuppince said. “We are supposed to be safe. How can we be safe if there is a police hut right in front of our house and nothing gets fixed?”

School officials have not released plans to add extra security in the following week, especially with graduation ceremonies planned on Friday and Saturday.

“It was very devastating and traumatizing,” Tuppince said. “It’s very overwhelming being that this is finals week, we have to hear something like this.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist with the investigation.

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