Christopher Jamal Starks (Credit: WTOC-TV)

No suspects, motive yet in Savannah State student’s shooting death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was still interviewing eyewitnesses Saturday in the shooting death of Savannah State University student and DeKalb County native Christopher Starks.

“They have talked to a lot of witnesses but still have a lot to do,” Scott Dutton, director of public affairs for the agency, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dutton said, however, investigators still have no suspect or clear motive in the case.

“There’re obviously other leads that they are following but they haven’t narrowed the scope to any particular individual,” Dutton said.

Starks, 22, was in the student union building at Savannah State University when he was shot during an altercation Thursday night, according to police. He was transported to Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Starks was a football standout at Southwest DeKalb and Miller Grover high schools and, prior to his graduation in 2012, signed a scholarship to play at Appalachian State University. He later transferred to Savannah State, where he was a junior and an aspiring musician.

Starks’ shooting prompted an outcry about safety on college campuses, with students and parents voicing concerns on social media.

Dutton said the shooting, which happened in a crowded area, appears to have been an isolated incident.

Anyone with any information about the incident is requested to call SSU Police at 912-358-3004 or the GBI Statesboro Office at 912-871-1121.

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