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Police respond: 21 shootings, 24 victims, 1 month


It's been a hot and violent summer in Savannah.

Savananh-Chatham Metro police responded to 21 shootings with 24 victims -- including two who died -- between July 7 and Aug. 3.

"Fortunately, over the last past day or so we haven't had a shooting," interim police Chief Julie Tolbert said in a news conference held Tuesday afternoon at police headquarters.

Police said the motives behind the shootings were as disparate as their locations. Shootings occurred all over the city, with serveral in the central police precinct.

"We follow every one of these things very intently," Metro Maj. Richard Zapal said in the news conference that included all top Metro brass.

Police reported progress in the shooting investigaitons, including arrest warrant issued in the July 18 shooting death of 29-year-old Arkeen Abron on Seiler Avenue. Police say they believe that shooting was drug-related.

Zapal said officers are close to issuing a warrant for the murderer of Ivory Carter. Carter, a Savannah car sales manager, was gunned down July 30 in the Poplar Place neighborhood.

"We, the police department, are just as frustrated with these shootings as anyone else is," Tolbert said. "We're very upset."

Zapal said offiers also are close to issuing a warrant for the arrest of the man believed to have robbed and shot popular Savannah disc jockey Victor Maynor, better known by his DJ name Victor Shawn, in the Waters Avenue restaurant Maynor owns. According to the police report, Maynor new the man who robbed and shot him.


"The victim told us who that was, and we're going to make an arrest in that case," Zapal said.

That's not always the case. Police say in six of the 21 shootings, the victim refused to tell them what happened. They say about half of the victims knew their attacker, and three of the shootings were drug-related.

"We have some victims that fully cooperate with police," Tolbert said. "Then we have others who would rather take out their frustrations themselves."


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