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SCMPD investigating two weekend shootings


Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating two shootings that happened over the weekend, bringing the total to 20 people shot in just two and a half weeks.

The first weekend shooting happened at the Kickback Restaurant at 35th and Waters around 6 a.m. on Sunday. Police said they think the motive was robbery.

According to the police report, Victor Maynor was shot in the neck in a robbery at his restaurant and was left in a pool of blood as he tried to get the restaurant open for breakfast.

Maynor is a local DJ and promoter, better known by Victor Shawn. He was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive, but while he was at the hospital the Kickback was broken into.

A little more than 12 hours laters, a man in his 40's was shot on Cordell Street around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Police believe it was a domestic dispute. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"This is not the community I grew up in, the way people react to each other, the lack of respect that people have leads to all kind of violence and everything else," Alimami Williams, the victim's friend said.

These shootings have rocked Savannah communities. Residents in the surrounding corner stores are now talking about installing more cameras and getting permits to carry guns. They said they don't feel safe here anymore.

Crime scene tape is a lingering reminder of the violence, and a sight that's become too common.

"This city has to do something," said Thomas Square Neighborhood Association President Virginia Mobley. "This city is turning its back on the little things."

Mobley lives in the Central Precinct where most of the shootings have happened. She said right not, there's an atmosphere of tolerance to crime.

She's calling on city leaders to start enforcing all Savannah's laws, building codes, marijuana possession. She said at some point, the little crimes turn into big ones.

"And we've reached that point," she said. "They're killing each other. They're shooting each other."

On Monday, Melissa Davis is praying for the recovery of her friend, Savannah DJ Victor Shawn. Shawn was shot in the neck in a robbery at the Waters Avenue restaurant he owns.

"It's time that we come together as black people because everybody is dying," Davis said.

Alimami Williams has known Shawn since he started spinning records in 1978. He said this isn't the Savannah he grew up in.

"The way people react to each other, the lack of respect," he said.  

Williams is calling on city leaders to address the city's persistent poverty. In the suburbs, residents are taking aim at Operation Thunder, a move to step-up traffic enforcement across the county.

"Police presence in the wrong areas of town," said Georgetown resident David Cail.

Friends of Shawn say enough is enough.

"It's ridiculous how somebody [has to] lose their life for a little bit of change, and nobody is doing anything about it," said Davis.

In an effort to generate answers to the problems, three themes came out on Facebook: better schools, better policing and more attentive parenting.  

If you know anything about either of these shootings, call police or CrimeStoppers.

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