Twickenham neighborhood concerned over gunfire

Twickenhaim neighborhood concerned over gunfire

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Some Savannah neighborhoods have become all too accustomed to the sound of gunfire late at night.

Even if it doesn't directly affect them, the constant worry that a stray bullet could damage property, or worse, takes a toll.

Residents in the Twickenham neighborhood had yet another sleepless night, Thursday night. Around 10:30 p.m., some folks who live in the neighborhood started posting on social media that the sound of gunfire was too close for comfort. That suspected gunfire was accompanied by a vehicle, or vehicles, racing up and down the normally quiet streets, further putting the residents on edge. 911 calls were made, but ultimately, nothing came of it.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police double-checked Thursday night's ShotSpotter, and it was all clear for the neighborhood, leading police to believe it was Cinco de Mayo fireworks. But, the fact remains that gunfire does occur in the area, often surrounding the quiet neighborhood.

"One of the biggest issues that we have over here is a lot of gunfire. Not necessarily here in Twickenham, but in the surrounding area, and a lot of families are scared. But, one of the great things about this particular neighborhood, and this community, is that we look out for one another," said George Seaborough, President, Twickenham Neighborhood Association.

Seaborough is the president of the neighborhood association in Twickenham, and admits the sound of gunfire is something that he and his neighbors have to deal with regularly.

"Last night we heard a lot of what sounded like rapid gunfire. Once again, not on this particular street, or maybe not even in Twickenham, but it sounded to me pretty close," said Seaborough.

"It makes you worry, it makes you scared for your kids to go outside and play. Even if you are there, you never know what could possibly happen, because a bullet knows nobody. So, I mean, it's really like you just got to be careful," said Jessica Mikell, Savannah native.

It's coming together that is also encouraged by elected officials who represent that part of town.

"People need to have peace of mind when they're in their homes, that a stray bullet will not come in through the window or through the roof. I am urging all of these people who are exhibiting this risky behavior. Stop it. Please stop it," said District 3 Alderman John Hall.

"Fear is in the neighborhood, fear lies inside individual homes. However, the community is trying to come together to cope with it the best way that they can," said Seaborough.

One way is through social media, and alerting each other when they hear something. But in some of those posts, people talked about lying flat on the floor, and avoiding windows.

Others ventured out, carrying their own firearms, ready to protect themselves and their homes. While people have the right to protect themselves, police encourage you to stay inside and call 911.

Alderman Hall had a similar message.

"Just staying inside, call the police, tell them what you know. Please do not, please do not arm yourselves and go outside," said Alderman Hall.

Just a reminder as well, even under Georgia's new fireworks law, shooting fireworks off after midnight is illegal, except on New Year's Day and July 4th.

For more information on SCMPD's End Gun Violence: Step Forward initiative, please click here.

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