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Residents react to three overnight shootings

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Roosevelt Thompkins Roosevelt Thompkins
Preston Strickland, a resident in the area, had his car window shot out. Preston Strickland, a resident in the area, had his car window shot out.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police were out in full force overnight responding to three different shootings in the downtown area that sent five people to the hospital.

Officials have confirmed that two of the five people shot in the overnight shootings have died; one at Memorial University Medical Center and one at St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital.

The shootings started at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when a call went out to shots fired at Oglethorpe Avenue and Wilder Drive.

"It has been pretty bad around here ever sense I have been here. It is not a great area," said Roosevelt Thompkins, who lives on Wilder Drive.

While officers were responding to the scene, a second call went out to another shooting that happened at 39th and Cedar streets.

"While they were all working the scene over there, a cop came running and got into his car. He said he had to go to another shooting or something," Thompkins said. 

Police said three people were injured by gunfire there and cars and windows were found shot out. 

"I was lying in bed and I heard the gunshots, then I heard them on this side and they hit glass, so I rolled out of the bed onto the floor," said Preston Strickland, who lives on 39th Street.

Then, another call went out minutes later to a third shooting at 34th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Dozens of police officers responded to each shooting. All three shooting incidents occurred within 30 minutes of each other. Investigators are comparing notes from each of the shootings to see if there are any similarities.

"A bullet does not have someone's name on it. It could have been anybody," Thompkins said. 

Police ask that if you know anything about any of these shootings, please call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

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