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Mayor sends strong message on teen violence

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Mayor Edna Jackson speaks harsh words on teen crimes. Mayor Edna Jackson speaks harsh words on teen crimes.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson spoke strong words Monday against young people committing violence acts in the city. The news conference came after seven people were shot at the Coastal Empire Fair on Saturday night.

The shooting happened at the fair at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday. Victims were secured, and the fairgrounds were locked down. Police searched for a gunman who was wearing a dark jumpsuit. Several people were detained and interviewed by SCMPD's Violent Crimes detectives and released. Police continue to investigate Saturday night's shooting.

On Monday morning, the mayor, City Council, Police Chief Willie Lovett and other city officials were part of a news conference on the latest violence occurring in the city.

"Now let me tell you we can put all the policemen out there in the world, but with some of these young people, they're going to do whatever they want to do - regardless. But we're going to put them in jail; we're going to keep them in jail," Jackson said. "We want the courts to know that we don't want them to be able to ... get out in 24 hours - a plea bargain cases and all of that ... we want to see them sitting in there for the harm they're doing in this community."

The police chief said that parents could face very harsh punishment if they let their child do these things or if their child does something and does nothing about it. Lovett asked members of the public who have information about the shooting or witnesses to step forward.

A Memorial University Medical Center spokesman Michael Notrica provided this information about the shooting victims: Jamiende Johnson, 19, and Diqwanie Butler, 18, have been treated and released.  

The details on these shooting victims is not yet known: Keonna Roberson, 14, Deshawn King, 16; Keyona Haward, 17, Jeffery Crawford, 18; and 36-year-old Tamika Williams.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is holding an emergency public meeting later Monday night. It takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Life Center at 4011 Augusta Road in Garden City.

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