A Richmond Hill High School student turned himself in Wednesday evening after allegedly shooting a 20-year-old man in the jaw, an incident that locked down the Richmond Hill High and Middle schools for more than an hour.
The 15-year-old male suspected of shooting Andrew Koenigsfeld turned himself into Richmond Hill Police at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday. He was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a person under age of 18, all of which are felonies, according to Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds.
Koenigsfeld was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah by Bryan County EMS, treated and was released by midday Thursday.
Police are not releasing the name of the shooter since he is a juvenile. He was transferred to the Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center and had a court appearance Thursday.
Koenigsfeld was shot in the jaw during an altercation at the Plantation Apartments on Casey Drive in Richmond Hill.
Though there was some initial confusion about where the shooting took place, Reynolds said the incident occurred on the grounds of the apartment complex. The middle and high schools, which are across the street from the complex, were locked down from 3-4:20 p.m.
Police also had conflicting accounts of where the juvenile suspect went after the shooting, and wanted to make sure he did not go back to the high school, Reynolds said.
“For precautionary maneuvers, we locked the schools down and cleared the schools,” he said, adding that the incident happened after school hours.
Reynolds said there was a confrontation before Koenigsfeld was shot. Police don’t know what they were fighting about or how they know each other.
Reynolds said the juvenile used to live in Richmond Hill and recently moved to Savannah. He is a student at Richmond Hill High School and is in the process of being transferred to a Savannah high school.
Police are investigating whether the juvenile had a gun at school. Reynolds said they don’t know how the teenager got the gun or where it currently is.
There’s not a lot of crime in near the Plantation Apartments, but police do keep a close eye on it, Reynolds said.
”It’s a small area, and we do patrol it quite frequently,” he said.
Reynolds said it’s been six or seven years since the last shooting in the Plantation Apartments.