SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Savannah city leaders say shootings are becoming too common and they are concerned.
This weekend began with two injured in a shooting near Savannah State University’s TA Wright Stadium, officials said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating and officials said no students were involved or injured.
One person was killed and two were injured in two separate downtown shootings on Sunday morning, according to police. One happened on W. Bay Street and the other on Congress Street.
Some city council members say shootings are starting in broader areas and it’s disheartening to see.
“They come from different places and they have all these ideas about what Savannah is,” District 2 councilman Detric Leggett said. But after it’s all over, we still have the stigma that Savannah is a very dangerous place.”
At last week’s council meeting, officials expanded the ShotSpotter system to all districts. However, some city council members said it was just a start to address the issue.
“We’re just trying to do everything we can, you know, but it’s going to take up the whole city and not the police department,” District 3 councilwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan said. “I mean, it’s still going strong in our communities, especially in the impoverished and poor communities, but that should not be an excuse.”
“We as councilors must hold ourselves, our city manager and the new leadership accountable,” Leggett said. “We have to hit it where it happens. It’s not a person, we didn’t just come here and we’re not going to push ourselves out, we’re going to stay out of the community by making sure everyone is a part of this problem and making sure everyone is a part of the Solution.”
Leggett and Wilder-Bryan both said it was important to nurture youth to keep them from getting involved in crime. On May 21, Wilder-Bryan said her district will host a job fair to provide job opportunities and keep children busy.
“Lock your guns, don’t leave them in your cars, don’t give these kids easy access to guns,” Wilder-Bryan said. “And we need to hold people accountable when crimes are committed because they don’t lock their guns and secure them in their homes.”