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National Night Out comes at unique time in Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The 31st Annual National Night Out was held in Savannah on Tuesday night, and hundreds of SCMPD officers met with thousands of people to offer crime tips and hear suggestions on how to curb crime.

With over 20 shootings in about three weeks, there could not be a better time. For people in the Poplar Place neighborhood, Tuesday night was a chance to get some answers. That community is still reeling from a shooting last Wednesday that took the life of Ivory Carter. The community is taking a stand.

"We do not want it. We are not going to have it. If you are anywhere near us, you need to understand we are taking a stand," said Dr. Pat Harris, President of the Poplar Place Neighborhood Association.

Dozens of residents stood behind Dr. Harris to show their support. Meanwhile, Savannah Chatham Metro Police were out all over the city, including at Poplar Place, to reassure citizens that this crime needs to stop.

"People's perception becomes their reality and we want people to know we are out here working for them," said Captain DeVonn Adams, Commander of the Central precinct.

"The problem is with someone that wants to be an executioner. They need to find someone they can talk to, and I think we are willing," said Dr. Harris.

Tuesday night was a chance for residents to voice concerns. It was also a chance for police to teach people crime prevention tips.

"You would be surprised what people tell us at these events that may lead to a conclusion to something we are looking into," said Captain Ben Herron, with SCMPD.

"We need the help of the community. We can't be every unfortunately and there are people out here that know about some of the events that are going on," said Captain Adams.

Police Chief Tolbert says police are close to issuing an arrest warrant in the death of Carter.

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