Originally created 02/28/05

One dead in motel shooting



SAVANNAH, Ga. - A woman was killed at a Savannah-Chatham County motel by a suspect who shot her as she was trying to enter her room, then began firing at witnesses, injuring one.

Lisa Sloan, 37, was pronounced dead around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, shortly after being taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center, police said.

According to police reports, Sloan was trying to enter her room at the Rodeway Inn, where she lived with her two daughters, when a gunman approached her. Sloan began running, and the suspect shot her multiple times until she fell to the ground, police said.

Her daughters, ages 13 and 14, were inside the motel room at the time of the shooting.

"Within moments of her knocking on the door, there was sounds of someone running, then gunshots," said police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson.

After killing Sloan, the gunman reportedly began shooting at witnesses. A bullet struck 74-year-old Maggie Faye Griffin, who was sitting in a minivan and getting ready to check into the motel with her family. She was treated and released from the hospital, Wilson said.

Authorities continued looking for the gunman Sunday, pursuing some "solid strong leads" in the case, Wilson said, adding that they believe Sloan knew her attacker.

"There's preliminary information that investigators are looking at that indicates that she may have known the attacker, but that has not been conclusively confirmed," he said.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 5'5" and 5'10", weighing 170-200 pounds and last seen wearing an Army fatigue jacket.

Sloan's daughters are now staying with relatives, Wilson said.