Police ask for community help after violent weekend in Savannah

Police ask for community help after violent weekend in Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It was a weekend so violent, it compelled police and city leaders to hold a press conference to talk about what they need from Savannah's citizens to help break the cycle.

The message was this: Police are using every resource and tactic to find and keep every violent criminal off the street that they can, but they can't do it alone.

Three shootings this weekend, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night left two people dead, and one woman holding on for her life.

Police additionally gave details on three armed robberies, all happening late Sunday night or early Monday morning, and likely by the same group of thieves.

We spoke exclusively to a man who helped a SCAD student call police just minutes after the student was robbed in Whitefield Square just after 11 p.m. Sunday night.

"Do we, in fact, make sure everyone has a camera do we make sure people are armed? It just doesn't seem right, it doesn't seem like the right solution. Enough is enough, sure we all say that. But I have no idea what one does," said Custis Bud Rosser, Good Samaritan who helped mugging victim.

"Lastly, we must as a community break away from the philosophy that, if we give information, the citizens tell the police department what they know, they are snitching. That's not what they are doing, they are helping. It is imperative not the community stands together with us in this fight against crime," said SCMPD Capt. Ashley Brown.

Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin was also there and offered comment. He said it's up to the community to have the moral courtesy to come forward and do what's right when it comes to solving these crimes.

He did say they have had to call-ins for the End Gun Violence initiative, with a third planned for the near future. And with the initiatives philosophy, police try to offer people tied up in criminal activity a way out.

"It's not 100-percent guaranteed that they are on our radar every single time, but a lot of them are on the radar. A lot of them we have spoken to. We've delivered messages to them, custom notifications. We've sat down and talked to them, we've offered them resources. We've given them the opportunity to use the resources that we have to get out of the lifestyle that they're currently involved in," said Captain Brown.

To reach the SCMPD confidential tip line, please call 912.525.3124.

Metro police need you help in figuring out who is responsible for the deadly shooting last night on 37th Street. A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case or any previous homicides in the department's jurisdiction.

Just call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020. You can remain anonymous.

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