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Community leaders push Operation Ceasefire in wake of another shooting

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah community is responding to a huge spike in shootings, with 16 people shot in just two weeks.

Savannah has had more shooting victims than days over the past two weeks. These are numbers you might expect from cities like Chicago or New Orleans, but not from a city with less than 150,000 residents.

Community leaders called for an end to the violence on Thursday. They want to work with police and prosecutors to create Operation Ceasefire, a program that targets the most violent people in our community.

The idea is to put them under close police scrutiny while also providing job and educational resources to help them get out of gang life and break the cycle of violence.

"Not to overlook anyone, but to let everyone know we care about them," said First African Baptist Rev. Thurmond Tillman. "We don't want to see any more people killed. We don't want to see any more people hurt, so we're reaching out to everyone."

At the moment, Operation Ceasefire is just an idea, but it's one city leaders are embracing.

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