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Witness says fair looked like a war zone

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized a meeting Monday night to discuss a shooting at the Coastal Empire Fair that left seven people shot.

"It could have been me and by the grace of God it was not," thirteen year old Raheem Jenkins told the crowd. Jenkins was at the fair and saw the victims.

"I saw them on the ground. I saw one woman shot in the back and a guy shot in the chest. It was terrifying," Jekins said.

Reverend Carl Gilliard helped organize the meeting. Normally, he says he focuses on feeding the hungry. But after what he saw at the fair Saturday night, he knew he had to get involved.

"Seeing people bleeding on the ground and other suspects in handcuffs. It looked like a war zone...I picked my daughter up and I threw her over the fence and my wife covered my other daughter," Gilliard said.

Speakers at the meeting united in one message...stop blaming others and take responsiblity for what is going on in Savannah. They say they will begin by sponsoring a gun buy back program.

"If we don't do this now, it could be your child. We have no choice but to do this," Rev. Gilliard said.

Gilliard says they plan to announce places people can drop off guns starting Friday. He says they will pay people fifty dollars for each gun.

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