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Alderman questions police, city over Savannah's unsolved murders

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Three separate weekend shootings in Savannah left one person dead, two others injured and no one arrested for the crimes yet.

Last week, members of Savannah City Council questioned Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett once again about crime fighting efforts, one day before another violent weekend.

One of the subjects focused on the number of unsolved murders in Savannah. 

According to alderman Tony Thomas, he remarked during the meeting he understood there were as many as 100 unsolved murders and requested the acting city manager, Stephanie Cutter, get an exact number from Chief Lovett.

After the meeting, Lovett told WTOC Thomas's figures were wrong. 

"One thing I can tell you. It's not in the hundreds as he claimed, but rather than give you a number, as soon as I get back to the office I will get it for you," Chief Lovett said.

Monday, the police department's Public Information Office told WTOC we would have to get the number of unsolved murders and cold cases from the city managers office. The City of Savannah PIO did not get back to us on our request.

Alderman Thomas says the city has not been able to give him an answer yet either.

However, over the weekend, Thomas says a local newspaper article quoted 75 unsolved murders since 2003, and he says the writer of the article told him the number came from the chief.

Either way, Thomas says 75, and after this weekend, 76 unsolved murders by his count, is "too high for the City of Savannah."

While both council, and the police department, have been met with their share of criticism from the public in recent months, Thomas says he will not stop asking questions of the police department or Chief Lovett and challenges anyone who has a problem with his questions. 

"When I have a 13 year old shot Friday night, a 20 year old who lives two streets from this office shot and killed at a party Saturday night and then somebody walks into Memorial with a gun shot wound Sunday, I am going to raise these issues until we get some answers," Thomas said of criticism.

Thomas says Monday afternoon, a meeting with Mayor Edna Jackson and Cutter regarding crime issues still did not produce the unsolved murder numbers he had requested 12 days ago. 

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