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Police: Shooting victim was one of Savannah's most wanted criminals

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Achmed Williams (Source: SCMPD) Achmed Williams (Source: SCMPD)

Police say someone gunned down Achmed Kiwaan Williams, 27, in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon at East 54th Street and Waters Avenue.

At one point, police considered Williams one of Savannah's most wanted criminals.

In 2008, Williams was arrested in connection to the shooting death of his brother. He was later charged with voluntary manslaughter.

In the past, he's also faced charges of loitering, trespassing, marijuana possession, gambling and obstruction. Community leaders say it's time to step up and put an end to the crime.

Residents of the Edgemere/Sackville community passed a shooting crime scene on their way to a community crime meeting held at a church less than an block away.

"On route coming here this afternoon, I saw the line and parked my car to see what was going on and found out someone was shot. To hear when the officer talked at this meeting and I was coming to talk about participation," said District 2 Commissioner James Holmes. "Over the past 4 to 5 years, this community has been hit really hard with crimes."

Just after 3 p.m., Savannah-Chatham Metro Police blocked off 54th street to investigate the shooting. Williams was sitting on the front porch of a house in the 1900 hundred block when police say at least one gunman shot him several times. He later died at the hospital.

"It's disheartening," said resident Megan Burns. "I mean you know we come and buy properties in this area and to have this happen, and it has been happening on a continual basis, it makes it alarming. There are kids and families in this area and it shouldn't be tolerated."

Over the past few months, residents have seen a rash of burglaries and shootings and they are calling on their neighbors to help put an end to the crime.

"It is something we have seen time and time again and we continue to try to poll residents to come and participate and know this can be resolved," said Edgemere/Sackville Neighborhood Association Vice President Syreeta Monroe. "It's not something we enjoy seeing. We want the step up from all persons not just police, but residents all over the community."

Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020.

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