Three suspects will be charged in the fatal slaying of Sean Giroir, a 20-year-old SCAD student from Houston, Texas, who was killed Oct. 28 at 1900 block of Barnard Street, where he lived with a second victim, Michael Levi, who is being treated for a gunshot wound at Memorial University Medical Center.
Federal Marshals and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department detectives moved quickly to apprehend the three suspects north of Atlanta in the city of Sandy Springs.
John Andrew Adams, 20, Daniel M. Izzo, 18, both of the Atlanta area, and Alex Brian Cowart, 21, of Savannah, will be extradited to Savannah to face charges of murder and armed robbery.
SCMPD responded to a call at 4 p.m. Thursday after gunshots were reported. They found both Giroir and Levi wounded, and both were transported to Memorial where Giroir later died.
SCMPD Major Crimes Commander, Detective Lieutenant Devon Adams, said the men were arrested in Sandy Springs this morning after a night of investigation of the crime scene that brought in the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, a Federal Drug Enforcement Administration hazardous material team from Jacksonville, Fla., and the SCMPD Bomb Squad.
Through interviews, police learned that two of the three suspects had entered the victims’ residence and had taken cash and marijuana.
A struggle ensued after Giroir and Levi followed the suspects. That’s when the gunmen opened fire and both victims were shot.
After the shooting, the men left in a gray Honda CRV that was traced to an Atlanta woman, who was an acquaintance of one of the suspects.
Police found an active drug center in the victims’ residence, which contained marijuana plants, LSD, containers of ingredients to produce illegal drugs, a drug lab and a suspected explosive device that brought out the bomb squad near midnight.
Police now are investigating the scope of the drug operation, which was capable of producing and distributing a large amount of illegal drugs, according to Major Mark Gerbino, commander of SCMPD’s Major Crimes Division.Contact Amy Paige Condon.