April 22 Highland Shooter Identified, Still on the Loose

April 22 Highland Shooter Identified, Still on the Loose

Jovan Meeks

SAN BERNARDINO – Murder investigators have identified the man suspected in the April 22 Highland shooting death of one man and injuring the his wife.

Jovan Meeks, 21, of San Bernardino, is the man investigators are still seeking in that Saturday morning shooting, which has already been called accidental by authorities.

An arrest warrant, with a bail set in the amount of $2 million, has been issued for Meeks, who was still at large as of Tuesday morning.

The shooting took place at an apartment complex on the 25900 block of Baseline Avenue in Highland. Kirk Savala, 52, a resident of Highland, was struck by gunfire, along with his wife, Donna, 50.

Deputies discovered the two at 10:34 a.m., and both victims were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
While Donna Savala sustained serious injuries, she was able to survive the shooting. Kirk Savala was declared dead shortly before noon that day, less than two hours after being struck.

An investigation, led by Detective Justin Giles and Sgt. Dave Johnson, determined that there was no evidence to suggest that either of the Savalas were the intended targets of Meeks. “It appears they were in close proximity to a dispute between others,” said Giles, “and were inadvertently struck by fired bullets.”

Those that were involved in the dispute, he said, fled the area and are still being sought. The investigators did not disclose the information that led to Meeks’ identification as the shooting suspect. The Savalas were married for nearly 30 years, according to reports.

April 22 Highland Shooter Identified, Still on the Loose was last modified: May 9th, 2016 by admin
Categories: San Bernardino

About Author

Lee Brown

Obrey "Lee" Brown has worked for 10 newspapers and magazines in the Bay Area, central and southern California. In 2005, he wrote "A Citrus Test: Football in Black & White." He can be reached at baseballOLB@hotmail.com.