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SCMPD investigating 8 shootings in last 3 days

The scene of one of eight shooting incidents over Labor Day weekend. Two people were shot, one was killed in this shooting on W. 42nd Street. (Source: WTOC) The scene of one of eight shooting incidents over Labor Day weekend. Two people were shot, one was killed in this shooting on W. 42nd Street. (Source: WTOC)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department has its hands full after a violent Labor Day weekend.

They are now investigating a total of eight shootings. Nine people shot and two have died.

One of the first shootings Saturday night was a deadly shooting, and one of the shootings Monday turned deadly. Police say one of two men shot on the 200 block of West 42nd Street on Monday died.

Late Monday night, Metro police tweeted about another shooting when a victim was brought to a local hospital.

They believe it's likely all of these victims were targeted. Investigators say it's likely that those involved were acquaintances with each other. Police say their biggest issue right now is getting folks to cooperate and come forward with information.

We caught up with District 2 Alderman Bill Durrence, who says the solution to crime is a two-way street.  There is only so much the city and police department can do. The community, also, has a responsibility to meet them half way.

"If they know each other then somebody else knows who is doing this too and the big problem we've got in this community right now is the failure of so many citizens to step up and be responsible for reporting this,” said Alderman Durrence.

Police say they are really working towards putting more police on the streets, walking through neighborhoods and making the community feel more comfortable about talking to investigators, especially when it involves crime.

Police say the cases that they are making the most progress are the ones where people are coming forward with information.

WTOC spoke to the captain at the Southside precinct on Tuesday who says their main goal right now is putting more patrols out in the community, establishing relationships to make folks feel more comfortable to share information.

"Our main focus is to engage the community and really let them know it is OK to talk with us. We really want to establish that direct line of communication where as we both the community and the police department, focus on the quality of life issues and crime,” said SCMPD Capt. Lenny Gunther.

One of the ways they are doing this is by increasing their numbers on the street. In fact, approximately 35 new officers hit the streets Tuesday. 

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