He was injured when a confrontation escalated into gunfire near the intersection of historic Broughton and Jefferson streets just before 3 a.m. One other person suffered a non-life threatening wound and at least two businesses suffered damage due to stray bullets.
A Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officer was near the intersection when several shots were fired and he moved into the large crowd to find Cornelia being placed in a car. The offncer advised that an ambulance was in route and began first aid for Cornelia as other officers tended to the unruly crowd and secured the scene.
Cornelia, a 2011 graduate of Mt. Juliet High, was a standout wide receiver for the Golden Bears. He played the 2011 season as a wideout at Savannah State, but moved to the secondary in 2012 when he registered two interceptions and 43 tackles.
Savannah-Metro Violent Crimes Detectives are seeking witnessess and investigating the shooting.
More on this story as information becomes available.