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Police say safety measures will not change despite shooting

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Police revealed new details in the events before a fight and double shooting that happened on Broughton Street last weekend.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police said they were in the middle of an operation and swarming the downtown area when the incidents unfolded.

Police said they were conducting what they call Total Focus, an operation that they do once a month, but once the fight broke out and shots were fired, they quickly had to switch gears.

"It's a jurisdiction wide operation where we go out and put extra assets on the street and we did last weekend and they were needed," said Maj. Richard Zapal.

WTOC was present at the Total Focus operation that Metro Police conducted in January. Once a month Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police send extra officers out on the streets to make the community safer by conducting road blocks and targeting areas with high crime.

It just so happened, police say this month's total focus operation was in the right place at the right time. Their crews were already saturating downtown on Saturday. They had the total focus crew in addition to their normal weekend officers who patrol the party scene

"They are walking, riding in marked and unmarked police vehicles, riding horses, whatever we need at the time," said Zapal.

Police say it just goes to show, the city can never be too safe with an abundance of officers, but they say it's also important to be safety conscious yourself.

"Pay attention to what you're doing and be aware of your surroundings," said Zapal. "If you are going out in the entertainment district, don't become inebriated to the point where you are putting yourself at risk."

Police do not plan to add any additional crews downtown and according to their crime statistics, violent crimes are actually down this year despite last weekend's incidents.

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