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Police add safety measures after recent downtown shootings


Savannah's nightlife could see some new safety measures coming soon, specifically around closing time, after recent shootings outside downtown businesses.

A man was shot and killed outside Sharon's Lounge on Montgomery Street around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Police say Darin Manigo, 47, was standing outside when someone came up, shot him and ran away.

"To me, it sounded like a gun shot. I didn't really know what was going on. Later on we found out the gentleman died but there are gunshots and a lot of different activity, drug activity. We've seen it on the corner," David Call told WTOC.

Call lives just a few houses away from the bar, which he says is also to blame. Police presence was amped up over the weekend downtown in the Historic District after two people were shot early Friday morning on Broughton Street. Call and others told WTOC they would like to see police patrol this part of downtown better.

"You hear gun shots just about every other night, whether it's on this corner or down the block. You definitely hear it and it's something that needs to be taken care of," Call said.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are putting into place some safety steps to address situations near bars, lounges and restaurants which serve alcohol near or after closing times in early morning hours, but would not give specifics. While they finalize a plan of action, Call is hoping action is taken sooner rather than later.

"You definitely hear numerous gun shots and if you ask people who live hear they'll tell you you hear loud pops going off late at night.  It's always the nights Sharon's Lounge has cars up and down Montgomery and cars filling up Lorch Street," Call told WTOC.

The victim in the Sharon's Lounge shooting, Manigo, may sound familiar. In 2006, Manigo was arrested after police say he fled from them, ran one officer over and tried to hit others. Five officers opened fire and Manigo was hit in the leg. He was charged back then with aggravated assault and other crimes. 

While Manigo's friends and family mourn his death and look for answers, police are still looking for a suspect. The investigation into this shooting and the others are all ongoing.

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