SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Gun violence is expected to be a big talking point on Tuesday when District 1 Alderman Van Johnson hosts a virtual town hall meeting to hear concerns from the public.
Alderman Johnson says the recent crime numbers in the city of Savannah are anything but normal. With just 22 days into the new year, there have already been two reported shootings in Johnson’s district, which runs west of MLK Jr. Boulevard.
And, with four people now dead due to the city’s gun violence, Johnson says even one is too many. He says there are ways to combat the violence, including education and community engagement, and it’s important to teach people, including the younger generation, that there are better ways to resolve problems.
He also tells WTOC that residents must speak up and offer insight when they know about a particular incident in order to make the community better.
” I’ve gone to these funerals and that’s the senselessness of it. The fact is every life is precious,” said Alderman Johnson.
As of now, no arrests have been made in the four deadly shootings.
Citizens can expect to hear more from Johnson and what he thinks about the city’s crime Tuesday night during his virtual town hall. It will begin at 8 p.m. on his Facebook. Click here to join.