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Man dies of accidental gunshot outside Savannah gun store

A local man is dead after accidentally shooting himself outside a gun store Tuesday afternoon, according to Savannah police.
The victim was identified as Lawrence Smith, 86, of Savannah.
Police Chief Michael Pitts said officers responding to a report of a possible gunshot wound found Smith was in the front seat of his vehicle and had been shot in the left upper leg.
Officers applied tourniquets and rendered aid to Smith, who was transported by ambulance to Hardin Medical Center where he died of the injury, he said.
The shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the Surematch Firearms parking lot at 1325 Florence Road.
“This is a tragic situation, and we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Smith. No foul play is suspected and the incident has been ruled as accidental,” Pitts said.


  1. Jacob White on December 31, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    To Mr. Smith, family and friends. Sorry for your loss. That’s horrible.

  2. Cary G. Duncan, Sr. on December 31, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Our family is so very sad to learn of Lawrence L’s death. Bunny, Bobby & all the family please accept our deepest sympathy. I have known LL all my life literally. He was a good honest human being that loved his God, family, friends & country. His love for his fellowman knew no limits. Lawrence all of your friends along with your family are going to miss you! RIP. Cary Duncan Family

  3. Martha Hieronymus on January 1, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Thank you for publishing local news quickly.

  4. Gayle Cook on January 4, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    So saddened to hear of Mr. Lawrence L passing. I always knew him to be a kind and caring Christian man. My condolences and prayers for his family and friends

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